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IDPs thrash their chairman for 'disrespecting local leaders'

04 November 2013, 16:31 James Kabotia

Laikipia - Drama erupted at an IDP camp in Laikipia Central sub-County on Sunday after members furiously attacked their chairman who was threatening to run over the area Member of County Assembly during a function.

Shalom Canaan IDP camp National Chairman, Peter Kariuki, was trying to disrupt a thanksgiving ceremony organised by Ngobit County Representative Mwangi Kamakia at Makutano trading centre.

Hundreds of members who had gathered at the venue hurled blows and kicks at Kariuki who was threatening to run over the Leader of Majority in the Laikipia County Assembly using a Toyota Surf motor vehicle.

The members of Shalom IDP camp were settled last year by the government through the Ministry of Special Programmes.

They were however pointed a blaming finger to their chairman for derailing development in the camp and fighting the local leaders.   

Police officers who went to quell the situation had a hectic time as the mob attempted to torch the motor vehicle which they allegedly said belonged to the camp yet Kariuki was using it as his personal vehicle.

Sources revealed that the chairman, who had battled with Kamakia for the county representative seat, had planned to disrupt the ceremony claiming that he was not consulted in its planning.

The members lamented that their chairman has been so domineering and has underestimated local leaders who express their desire to implant development in the area.

“This time we are awake because he had been inciting us to mock our own political leaders. He should accord them the respect they deserve so that we can prosper,” they said.

Kamakia told the IDPs to work jointly with the county government steered by Governor Joshua Irungu so that they can be fully incorporated into the Laikipia Management Agenda.

“Instead of being manipulated by leaders who are seeking sympathy from the national government, be focused and work with the County government,” advised Kamakia.

He further noted that the IDPs must focus on working with the County government so that they can be incorporated fully in the Laikipia Management Agenda without disruption from leaders who are looking for sympathy from the national government.

The leader of Majority accused the area District Officer of partnering with Kariuki to solicit for funds from well-wishers, under the pretense of helping the IDPs.

He appealed to County Commissioner Wycliffe Ogallo to hurriedly transfer the administrator from the area.

However, Kariuki said that issues touching on IDPs in all the 47 counties are handled by the National government through the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, not the County governments.

Unable to lure supporters to disrupt the function, the chairman drove off immediately. He was treated at Wiyumiririe Dispensary and discharged.

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