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Funeral turns chaotic as County Rep points gun at deputy speaker

12 November 2013, 20:09 Sam Kinyua

Mumias - Police in Mumias are investigating an incident in which a County Representative pointed a gun at the Kakamega County Deputy Speaker, Cleophas Malala, during a funeral in Matungu constituency.

The incident caused chaos at the funeral as mourners took off following a public disagreement among their elected leaders.

An argument over protocol had ensued when Malala arrived accompanied by ODM Youth leader, Rashid Mohammed, and was asked to speak before his counterparts from the assembly.

During his speech, Malala accused Governor Wycliffe Oparanya of skewed allocation of resources in favor of his former area of representation when he was in parliament by spending KES 20 million to erect a perimeter fence around a hospital in Butere Mumias.

It was at this point that Mayoni County Representative, Libinus Oduor, allegedly drew a firearm to stop the deputy speaker from making the allegations.

Mumias OCPD, George Seda, said that both the governor and Malala recorded statements at the station concerning the incident.

“We are yet to establish exactly what happened during the incident but investigations are currently ongoing. The leaders recorded statements after the incident happened and we are following up on the leads,” he said.

Although sources at the police station indicated that the County Representative surrendered the firearm to them, Oduor declined to confirm the allegations but instead insisted that he was cooperating with the police.

Malala told the media that his colleague in the assembly pointed a gun at him after he made the comments about the governor because he considered them offensive, prompting the chaos which forced the funeral proceedings to halt for about an hour.

“I talked about many things and even thanked the governor for coming up with a budget of KES 13.2 billion that was approved by the house. I also talked about equality and raised questions about the allocations to Butere. This is when I was confronted by the County Representative from Mayoni,” said Malala.

Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said the remarks by Malala were slanderous and vowed to take legal action against the deputy speaker.

“I am not a member of parliament of Butere. But if Butere needs money, it will also be allocated because it has a right of development. The only money I have taken to Butere is the KES 5 million I gave to Mauko Primary school because it was position one in exams. I have provided funding for schools which perform well in all constituencies,” said Oparanya.

He urged the electorates to elect people who are mature.

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