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Anti-Majimbo slogans as Bungoma protests planned ouster of Governor

29 May 2014, 12:31 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Business came to a near standstill in Bungoma town on Wednesday, when hundreds of youth took to the streets in protest against a local Member of County Assembly (MCA) who has vowed to sponsor a motion to impeach area Governor, Ken Lusaka.

The angry protesters on motorbikes and others on feet carried twigs and waved placards castigating Bungoma County Assembly Majority leader Majimbo Okumu, who has announced that he will sponsor an impeachment motion against Lusaka next month.

Chanting anti-Majimbo slogans, the youths calling themselves ‘Friends of Lusaka’ accused the MCA for being used by some senior politicians to witch-hunt Lusaka. They threatened to mobilize residents of Khalaba ward, which the MCA represents, to recall him.

Majimbo early this week threatened to institute an impeachment motion against the Bungoma Governor, claiming that the county boss procured fertilizer worth over KES 108 million, that was distributed to each of the 45 wards, without the approval of the county assembly.

“The governor erred by procuring the fertilizer contrary to the public procurement and disposal Act, which is sufficient ground for his impeachment,” said Majimbo over the weekend, who also accused Lusaka of nepotism saying he was employing his cronies and relatives in various posts in his government.

“Majimbo should leave the governor alone and give him a chance to serve those who elected him until his term ends. We want development and not politics every time,” shouted one of the pro-Lusaka protesters.

“The MCA, who previously was a mayor of Bungoma Town for two terms, should show the people of Khalaba Ward and Bungoma what he did for them when he was in the helm of leadership. He did nothing for all those years and he should give Lusaka, who has served for hardly a year, a chance to serve the people of Bungoma,” shouted another man.

The demonstration came a day after 30 Bungoma MCAs allied to the Amani and Jubilee Coalitions distanced themselves from the ouster motion, noting that it is malicious and lacks legal grounds.

Led by Bungoma County Assembly Minority leader John Musakali, the MCAs told journalists on Tuesday  that the governor has done nothing wrong to warrant impeachment.

“All of us gladly received the fertilizer three months ago when the County Policy Framework For Agriculture Input Support was rolled out. In fact, Majimbo’s Khalaba ward was the first to receive the consignment. Why he didn’t reject the fertilizer then, if he was sure the assembly had not approved the policy?” asked Musakali, who accused his colleague of being guided by malice.

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