2 Kil­ifi of­fi­cials’ feud leads to near fist­fight

They al­most ex­change blows, car keys are snatched, tyres de­flated

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ELIAS YAA @TheS­tarKenya

The feud be­tween Kil­ifi Deputy Gov­er­nor Ken­neth Kamto and county sec­re­tary Owen Baya has deep­ened.

Last Fri­day, the two al­most ex­changed blows when Kamto con­fronted Baya in his of­fice and de­manded the keys to a govern­ment ve­hi­cle he has been us­ing.

Baya told the Star on Wed­nes­day he tried to leave his of­fice to avoid quar­relling with Kamto, but the deputy gov­er­nor blocked the way. “He closed the door and blocked any­one from en­ter­ing. When of­fi­cers heard the ar­gu­ment, they forced the door open. I man­aged to get out and rushed to my per­sonal car. He came run­ning af­ter me and held the door of my car. I had to walk and a Good Sa­mar­i­tan car­ried me away in his car,” he said.

Kamto is said to have later de­flated Baya’s car tyres. He al­legedly snatched the car keys of Baya’s of­fi­cial car from the driver and drove off.

Kamto has ac­cused Baya of frus­trat­ing his ef­forts to serve res­i­dents. He said he en­joyed a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the gov­er­nor, un­til Baya was em­ployed. “Baya has no moral author­ity to take my of­fi­cial car. It’s only the gov­er­nor who can call me and give me di­rec­tions, not any other of­fi­cer,” Kamto said. “He is a very ju­nior of­fi­cer in the hi­er­ar­chy of the county govern­ment.” The spat started with re­ports Kamto wanted to un­seat Gov­er­nor Ama­son Kingi. He has de­nied he plans to run. It wors­ened af­ter Kamto did not to take part in the ODM grass­roots pri­maries, in which Kingi was elected county chair­man.

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