Thirty Years Ago

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - LETTERS - Com­piled by ANNIEL NJOKA

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.

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