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Sang'alo West Ward Youths launch signature collection drive

20 October 2014, 16:39 Ben Wafula Bungoma

Bungoma - Youths from Sang'alo West Ward in Bungoma County yesterday launched a signature collection drive to recall their area MCA Protus Muhammad for the allegation of violating the constitution by chasing away two Ward administrators and locking their offices.

The youths who launched the drive at Sang'alo market in Kanduyi constituency blamed the MCA of acting contrary provisions of chapter 11 of the constitution.

Led by Kennedy Wekunda and Isaiah Wabwile of the Jukwaa la katiba lobby group, then youths noted that the residents grievances have not been highlighted by the MCA who keep on threatening them by using the hired goons.

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"The area MCA has not initiated any development projects in areas he perceives did not vote for him and this has denied the residents the right top access good roads, water projects and bursary for students from poor families," said Wekunda.

The duo said that article 26, equality and freedom from discrimination and every person is equal and should receive equal protection and equal benefits in development agenda to avoid marginalization.

The youths claimed that the MCA has been intimidating and harassing them with unwarranted arrests whenever they question his leadership style which is neither gender nor youth sensitive.

"We are today initiating this process and we are calling on all residents who want new and focused leadership to append their signatures so that we are able to recall our Ward leader to allow a mini election which will see a leader with an all round agenda elected to represent us," said Wabwile.

In the exercise of the citizen right to petition and challenge the county government as provided for in section 88 (citizens right to petition and challenge) sub sections (1) and (2) which requires the county government to adhere to section 89 (duty to respond to citizens petitions and challenges).

The youths claimed that Mr. Muhammad does not listen to anybody's advice and always acts contrary to their expectations.

Youths recently demonstrated against the MCA after he closed the Ward Administrator office citing bad working relationship between the administrator and the MCA.

They said that article 33 of the constitution every person has the right to freedom of expression which includes freedom to seek, receive or impact information or ideas.

"The area MCA has not made it public the Sh2.5 million bursary report which was disbursed to various schools and the number of beneficiaries, we suspect the MCA embezzled the money or it benefited his close friends and relatives," they said.

The signature collection drive will take three weeks and they are planning to get 5,000 signature threshold.
Contacted, Muhammad dismissed the recall signature collection saying that the youths behind it were his main opponents who are working to sabotage his development agenda.

"Am not worried by the signature collection drive to recall me because I know that those are my opponents whom I trounced during the last general election and their mission will not succeed," he said.

Muhammad stated that he decided to close down the Ward administrator office after she started undermining and working contrary top his wish and that amounted to being disrespectful.

"Let governor Kenneth Lusaka give me a person whom I will work with and the one who will stick to his/her mandate instead of a person who wants to do things his own way," he said. 

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