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Bungoma ward reps exchange blows after ouster motion against Majority Leader failed


By Tony Wafula

Chaos were witnessed at the Bungoma county assembly when ward bosses engaged in a fistfights over the plans to impeach the assembly majority leader.

Those supporting the motion and those against it exchanged blows, insults while noise rented the air as the assembly was turned into a wrestling ground.

Tuuti/Marakaru ward MCA Joseph Nyongesa

Majority leader of the MCA’s had signed to impeach leader of the minority Florence Wekesa in what they termed as failing in her duties and at the time colluding with the executive.

Already 36 ward bosses had appended their signatures to help in kicking out the majority leader who is also the Maeni ward MCA, while 11 MCA’s were supporting her.

Members of the majority party in the house led by Ford Kenya want Florence Wekesa out for failing to play her role and being manipulated by the executive.

They further called out the assembly speaker Emmanuel Situma for colluding with the executive and disregarding his role as the assembly prefect.

Majority of Ford Kenya, ODM and a section of independent members who were supporting the remain of majority leader whom they accused of sleeping in her duties.

MCAs had proposed Tuuti/Marakaru ward MCA Joseph Nyongesa to take over as the majority leader replacing the notorious Maeni Ward MCA.

Nyongesa said that when the health committee members led by Musikoma Ward MCA George Makari were stopped by the armed anti-riot police officers from interrogating members of executive on their role in purchasing the most expensive jerry cans at ksh.10, 000 per 20 litres, she went silent and never condemned the incident.  

The ward leader also accused the majority leader to convene a meeting to discuss on how they should have shared the ksh.100Million from the assembly kitty meant for special programs in fighting the corona virus.

‘’She has failed us, we have collected enough signatures and will be impeached through hook or cook, we cannot pretend to help wananchi yet we are colluding with the executive and failing in our oversight roles,’’ bitter Nyongesa said.

His sentiments were echoed by nominated MCA Fredrick Musebe Who accused the majority leader of keeping silent when all the nominated MCA’s were being kicked out of different committees.

‘’Her work was to speak boldly about the vices against the nominated members when they were being stripped from all committees after we demanded offices and recognition, she should have defended us instead of leaving us to suffer the humiliation from our elected colleagues, she must go, she failed us in Ford Kenya.’’ Musebe accused.

However, Mrs. Wekesa observed that she has played her role extremely well as the leader of majority something that has united both the assembly leaders and the executives.



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