We were not hired to heckle Kirika – youth

‘If he thinks we were paid, he should also look for us and pay us too’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - NDICHU WAINAINA @NdichuWainaina

Ki­nan­gop youths have de­nied al­le­ga­tions they were hired to heckle Nyan­darua Deputy Gov­er­nor Mwangi Kirika dur­ing the Mashu­jaa Day cel­e­bra­tions at Kip­ipiri Sta­dium.

Kirika ac­cused Gov­er­nor Waithaka Mwangi of hir­ing the youths to heckle him last Thurs­day. The youths said they heck­led Kirika vol­un­tar­ily, be­cause “he causes di­vi­sion when­ever he talks.”

Heck­ler Zack Mun­gai yes­ter­day said, “If he thinks we were paid, he should also look for us and pay us too. Since his elec­tion in 2013, Kirika has fought the gov­er­nor and other leaders, hurt­ing their abil­ity to im­ple­ment projects. He op­poses ev­ery­thing.”

Another heck­ler, Stephen Ka­mau, said the peo­ple of Ki­nan­gop elected Kirika as their MP for two terms “but he did not help us”.

He said Kirika only built a wa­ter tank at his home.

“He said the tank would pro­vide wa­ter to Engi­neer res­i­dents, but it has not ben­e­fit­ted the com­mu­nity,” Ka­mau said.

Kirika said Mwangi is the “heck­ler com­man­der”. “If that is the kind of pol­i­tics the gov­er­nor wants us to en­gage in, we will,” he said. Mwangi did not com­ment on heck­ling-for-pay, but urged res­i­dents to be­have well. “Young peo­ple, I urge you to re­spect ea­chother,” he said yes­ter­day.

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