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Deputy governor, MCA clash over funds for terror victims

18 April 2015, 18:50 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - There was drama outside the Nyeri governor’s office after deputy governor, Samuel Wamathai and MCA Athony Kibuu engaged in an exchange of harsh words over the compensation of terror attack victims.

The two clashed over Mandera quarry terrorist attack victims’ fund, which was to be distributed to 14 families that lost their kins.

Each family received a cheque of KES 95,000.

The money was raised by well wishers who included Equity Bank,  Mandera County Government, Rotex Communications and Bonface Mwangi (112,000).

Kibuu, who is former the Majority Leader and Representative of Gatitu-Muruguru Ward, said he was disappointed because the Nyeri County government had not offered the families any financial help.

“Am shocked that our county government did not offer the families any financial help while the victims were from this county. It is several months since the attack and wives and children of the deceased persons are languishing in pain and poverty,” said Kibuu.

The statement did not go well with the county government officials who switched off the public address system to silence the MCA.

Kibuu urged the county government to assist the families acquire death certificates of their loved ones.

“The county government is suppose to fund education of the victims’ children, but we have not seen that happening,” he added amid cheers and appraisals from the families.

He further claimed that the County government had promised the victims’ families KES 3 million.

In response, the deputy governor lashed out at the MCA over the remarks saying that he was not respectful to the governor’s office.

“It is disrespectful to make such baseless remarks and incite public outside governor’s office. You are playing very cheap politics,” irked Wamathai told Kibuu.

During the verbal attack, Wamathai’s security detail went close to the MCA to contain him.

Wamathai stated that the said KES 3 million was offered by the Mandera government to be shared amongst all the 36 affected families.

“Nyeri government assisted the families with burial arrangements, transport among other necessities at a cost of KES 2.5 million. Nothing has been misappropriated and we are still concerned about the families,” he added.

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