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Governor Obado blames two politicians for Monday chaos

10 September 2014, 14:21 Oduor Omondi

Migori - Migori Governor, Zachary Okoth Obado, has blamed two Migori politicians for the ugly incident in Migori town Monday where hooligans disrupted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s function.

At the same time, he blamed the media for blowing the incident out of proportion, saying the heckling was not purely directed at him.

Speaking at a joint press conference with members of the Migori County assembly, Governor Obado claimed the 50 or so hooligans who booed every speaker at the function were ‘hired by two notorious politicians from the County'.

“We know them but we are warning them that we are not going to tolerate their evil deeds which are compromising our development efforts in this area,” he said.

Obado rubbished reports that a group of boda boda taxi operators were involved in the violence as retaliation for a recent incident in which their colleagues were assaulted by County Government officials over levies.

He said the problem was purely political, accusing the politicians whom he did not name of holding the county at ransom with their dirty politics.

“We want the police to launch thorough investigations into the incident which seriously embarrassed the head of state,” he said.

Obado apologized to the head of state over the unfortunate happening before him and appealed to him to continue visiting the area in future.

“We are also asking President Kenyatta to extend our apology to the other distinguished guests who accompanied him to the ill-fated function,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Migori County assembly deputy speaker, Boaz Okoth said MCAs were very disappointed with Monday’s chaos.

Boaz, who led a host of the MCAs at the press conference in Migori town, asked the local administration and top security office to investigate the incident and bring all the culprits to book.

“The people who took part in heckling leaders at the function were hired and we want thorough investigations to be launched so that sanity can be brought back to the heads of some of our politicians here,” he said.

Also Read: ODM condemns Uhuru's Migori melee

He said the area was in serious need  of development and that the residents and leaders will not tolerate people who try to block these efforts.

Majority leader, Richard Solo, said they are going to pass a bill in the assembly to reign on rogue politicians who try to jeopardize development in the area.

Migori youth leader, Joseph Nyapete, also condemned the incident and called on the youth to shun politicians who incite them against their perceived enemies.

Carolinde Okere, human rights activist, described Monday’s incident as shameful, primitive and barbaric behavior that should not be allowed to happen again in the County.

She exonerated the boda boda taxi operators from blame on the incidents, asking the police to do thorough investigations to get the true perpetrators.

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