One injured as women clash with MCAs over budget
01 July 2016, 13:35
Nyeri - One woman has been hospitalized in Nyeri Referral Hospital after sustaining serious injuries during protests outside Nyeri County Assembly.
She was among hundreds of women who were sleeping outside the County Assembly, jeering at the MCAs and blocking them from accessing the chambers to debate the 2016/17 Financial Year budget.
The old woman was rushed to the hospital in a police vehicle.
She was injured during a clash with one of the MCAs and his supporters.
The MCAs later accessed the chambers and voted for the KES 6.4 billion budget unanimously.
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The women were protesting against alleged plot to cut the proposed KES 100 million allocation for special groups who include women, youth and People with Disabilities.
They claimed that they had information that the money would be deducted but that was not the case as the KES 100 million was intact in the budget.
A squad of anti-riot police officers later responded and had a hard time trying to control the crowd.
Inside the chambers, after passing of the budget, MCAs led by deputy Speaker Joel Gichuru said it was a disgrace that the women were allegedly hired to storm the Assembly.
“They should be at their work stations doing constructive things. The women are the ones who were recently in Nyeri town during the public participation forum,” said Gichuru.
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