Wairia against my man­i­festo launch – MP

Leg­is­la­tor wants cops to keep gov­er­nor’s sup­port­ers from dis­rupt­ing his event

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

Kigumo MP Jam­leck Ka­mau has ac­cused his ri­val Gov­er­nor Mwangi Wairia of frus­trat­ing his plans to launch his man­i­festo in Mu­rang’a town by deny­ing him a per­mit.

The MP, who wants to run for gov­er­nor, said he ap­plied for a per­mit to hold his event at Ihura Sta­dium two weeks ago but the gov­er­nor de­nied his ap­pli­ca­tion, de­spite there be­ing no other book­ing for the venue.

He said he was forced to ap­ply to use Mumbi Grounds for his No­vem­ber 26 launch. Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, the county gov­ern­ment was pour­ing ma­nure on the grounds.

Ka­mau said he wants the county security team to en­sure the gov­er­nor and his sup­port­ers do not dis­rupt his event. “I came to in­form the com­mis­sioner that I have booked the ground for next Satur­day and to ask him to of­fer me suf­fi­cient security,” he said.

Ka­mau spoke on Wednes­day af­ter vis­it­ing county com­mis­sioner John Elun­gata’s of­fice.

The me­dia was locked out of his meet­ing with Elun­gata, who did not ad­dress the press af­ter the talk.

Ka­mau said he will use the meet­ing to in­form res­i­dents of what he in­tends to achieve if elected gov­er­nor.

He in­vited sup­port­ers and crit­ics to at­tend the event to un­der­stand his devel­op­ment agenda for the county.

“I am es­pe­cially invit­ing those who have been say­ing that they do not know what I plan to do as a gov­er­nor,” the leg­is­la­tor said.

“On that day, I will also talk about the dairy sec­tor that is said to be the best per­form­ing sec­tor in the county.”

He said he wants to make the county safe and en­sure it is de­vel­oped.

Res­i­dents are only in­ter­ested in projects that will im­prove their lives and do not want to be dragged into con­flicts be­tween lead­ers, Ka­mau said. “I also want to urge the so-called goons who have been dis­rupt­ing events to main­tain peace so that we can all have peace­ful cam­paigns,” the law­maker said.

The gov­er­nor could not, how­ever, be reached for a com­ment.

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