Thirty Years Ago
September, 17 1987
The Member of Parliament for Kilungu, Mr Gerald Muia, had his microphone snatched from him by a Kanu official while addressing a harambee in his constituency.
The MP had complained that his name had been omitted from 30 public meetings during a rally at Kiatuni market in Kalama location.
Kilome sub-branch Kanu chairman Francis Kaumbulu snatched the microphone from the MP on the orders of Machakos district Kanu chairman Mulu Mutisya. Mr Muia had said he was not being given the respect he deserves by local leaders as the area representative in Parliament. The MP had told the meeting that leaders could now express their views without fear following President Moi’s dissolution of the Kanu Disciplinary Committee chaired by Mr Okiki Amayo. Pointing at Mr Mutisya, Mr Muia said: “I respect you as a Kamba leader; I also expect respect from you as the elected MP for area.”
Mr Mutisya then ordered Mr Kaumbulu to take the microphone from Mr Muia and call the next speaker. Mr Muia’s plea to continue fell on deaf ears. He left the platform and took his seat while grumbling.