MCAs Publicly Clobbered on Podium by Bungoma Governor's Security

  • Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati addresses members of the public on August 28, 2017.
    Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati addresses members of the public on August 28, 2017.
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  • A member of the Bungoma County Assembly is nursing injuries after he was beaten up on Sunday, July 5, by Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati's security detail while giving an address at Tongaren Market.

    A report by People Daily on Tuesday, July 7, indicated that Nominated MCA Fred Musebe, and his Tongaren ward colleague, Elizabeth Tindi, stormed a meeting they had not been invited to.

    Wangamati had convened a rally during the launch of an office of the ward's administrator.

    Musebe and Tindi had been left out of the invitation list following their troubled relationship with the governor.

    A scene from the July 5, 2020 function in Tongaren Constituency, Bungoma.
    A scene from the July 5, 2020 commotion in Tongaren Constituency, Bungoma.
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    The situation went south when Tindi took to the podium to tear Wangamati's development record apart accusing him of sidelining the ward. She was backed by Musebe.

    "We Tongaren people are usually very keen before voting as we are straight forward people and if we will not have seen any development from you by 2022 we shall send you home parking," stated Musebe.

    While the latter was giving an address, the officers, who are attached to the security detail of the governor and that of his deputy, Ngome Kibanani, descended on the two leaders and snatched Musebe's microphone.

    The chaos that resulted after the encounter left Musebe and attendees nursing injuries.

    Bungoma County has in recent months suffered a clash between the county assembly and the executive with the main issues centering around the development record.

    Towards the end of June, Bungoma Health executive Antony Walela and Lwandayi MCA Tony Barasa were engaged in a fistfight during a meeting at a Kisumu hotel that left the CEC nursing injuries.

    The two were attending a meeting over the county's budget when Walela accused Barasa of sponsoring an impeachment motion against him.

    The MCA on the other hand claimed that Walela had threatened to send goons to kill him over the impeachment motion that was overruled by the High Court.

    The commotion adds to the countrywide clash between county bosses and MCAs with affected counties including Kitui, Kirinyaga, Kakamega and Nakuru.

    So dire is the situation that the MCAs had threatened to impeach the governors with most being accused of embezzling public funds.

    On June 29, Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya convened a crisis meeting with the county bosses and urged MCAs to spare them as impeachments would derail development agendas.

    Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya addressing the media on March 16, 2020.
    Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya addressing the media on March 16, 2020.
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