Sang'alo West Ward Youths launch signature collection drive
20 October 2014, 16:39
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.Also read: Government
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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
"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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