Drama as public beats up MCAs, ejects them from Governor’s meeting
30 May 2016, 21:18
Nairobi - There was drama at Mbiriri shopping centre in Kieni, Nyeri County, after Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) were beaten up and whipped by angry residents and later ejected from Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s meeting.
The 30 MCAs had to scamper for safety as rowdy youths descended on them with whips and kicks.
Gachagua was set to launch a 12-kilometre road construction project at Kabaru Ward whose leader Duncan Gituanja has fallen out with the governor
The MCAs including Deputy Speaker Joel Gichuru suffered soft tissue injuries while others sought police escort as angry youths demanded that they leave the venue before Gachagua’s arrival.
Iria-ini Ward Rep, James Kariuki Muchiri, lost his wallet and a mobile phone in the ensuing scuffle, while some hurriedly drove away to escape being beaten.
Drama unfolded when words went round that the MCAs were planning to disrupt the event.
Minutes later, a group of youths believed to be Gachagua’s supporters arrived armed with whips and ordered all ‘outsiders’ to leave and forcefully ejected the MCAs one by one.
Police watched helplessly as the youth terrorized and banged vehicles belonging to MCAs as they accused them of planning to impeach the governor.
Only area MCA, who is also the majority leader at the county assembly was spared but was denied the opportunity to address the meeting as shaken nominated MCA Salima Uledi could not manage to start her car’s engine.
Minutes later, the governor arrived under heavy police escort and accused a section of Ward Reps of insulting him like uncircumcised boy (Kihii in native Kikuyu language).
The county boss said at his age, he deserved respect and not insults as was the case, noting that he campaigned for Gituanja to become the majority leader but had let him down.
“They have been going round telling every Dick and Hurry that I was on drugs. Am wondering if Gachagua was the only sick person on earth,” Gachagua complained.
However, Wamagana MCA Jesse Kamuri said their attackers had been hired from the neighbouring Chaka and Narumoru townships.
“Just like Gachagua we are people representative and we deserve to be listened to. He should not run the county like his property. We need to be respected too,” Kamuri lamented.
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