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Councillors behaving badly

22 August 2012, 13:21 Steve Wambugu

Business at the Nakuru Municipal Council on Tuesday came to a stand still after councillors engaged in battles following differences over the election of chairmen and members to various standing committees.

Trouble started when councillors were served with a court order stopping the elections until a case filed by three ODM councillors is heard and determined.

Thirteen PNU councillors who wanted the elections conducted protested at the council chambers accusing the town clerk Wilson Maroa of colluding with the Mayor Mohammed Surraw and ODM councillors to block the elections.

They questioned the validity of the court order presented saying it did not have a seal and the judge's signature .

Matters got worse when plain clothes police officers were called in to whisk the mayor and the town clerk who had been held hostage at the main chamber.

Two councillors roughed up one of the officers who drew a pistol as council staff scampered for safety.

Councillors engaged in punch up and name calling as police appeared overwhelmed .

Council askaris were also roughed up in the 30 minutes drama that saw the Mayor's office table broken into pieces while his coat was torn when he attempted to punch his deputy Damaris Wangari Mbuthia.

Councillor David Gikaria from Lake View ward said that the term of the standing committees constituted during the last mayoral elections expired on august 15th 2012 as per cap 265 of the local government act.

The town Clerk however remained adamant theft the elections would not be conducted as  this would amount to contempt of court.

He said that following a request by a majority of the councillors to have the Mayor vetted over alleged corruption, ODM councillors had sensed danger thus the decision to move to court.

They accused the mayor of taking his family for an outing at a prestigious hotel in Nakuru town in May this year, where he said to have spent a whooping 171,000/= and later serving the invoice to the Municipal Council.

During the fracas, official vehicles assigned to the mayor and the town clerk were deflated while youths supporting both the PNU and ODM councillors waited the parking bay .

Nakuru Municipal council has 20 councillors, 13 of whom want the elections conducted while 7 of them want a case they have filed heard and determined.

Relative order was restored when Nakuru OCPD Muinde Kioko intervened and convened an urgent meeting to try and resolve the stand off.

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