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Ward Reps' names miss in gazette list

24 July 2013, 18:05 Wangui Joseph

Three names of nominated ward Representatives in Nyeri County were not in the Kenya gazette list.

According to Mukurwe-ini Central ward Representative Hudson Gicheru, the affected ward representatives are from Mukurwe-ini district and it is not yet known how their names were removed from the list.

Gicheru said each constituency was supposed to nominate three people to the assembly but Othaya has nominated six. He expressed  suspecion that it was a scheme to outdo his area in the County politics.

He was speaking at the county assembly grounds on Tuesday immediately after a swearing in ceremony of 17 nominated representatives.

“This is a serious issue which is pathetic and more disturbing. I am sure our MP Kabando wa Kabando had forwarded the names to The National Alliance party (TNA) head office in Nairobi but it was a surprise to find nobody from our constituency in the nominee list,” said Githaiga Njoroge.

Njoroge termed it as an oppression and discrimination of the constituents and blamed the electoral commission for gazetting a list that was regionally unbalanced.

He cried foul over the removal of the three from the list saying their names had been included in the initial list.

The two politicians said they will inform their MP on the issue and lodge a complaint to the TNA head offices seeking an explanation.

The swearing in ceremony was presided over by the house speaker David Mwangi Mugo who asked the appointees to work as per the oath taken.

“You should do right to all manner of persons in accordance with the constitution,” said the speaker urging them to work together in a bid to  move the county forward.

He also asked them to put aside party affiliation attitudes and work tirelessly for the people and without fear, favor or discrimination.

Among the sworn in nominees was Joseph Kanyi King’ori who is disabled and 16 women.

Initially, the speaker had pointed out that they decided to nominate more women in the assembly since no woman was elected among the 30 members elected in March 4.

The move was aimed at fulfilling the gender rule as stipulated in the constitution.

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