Mu­rang’a clears 110 tonnes of its own dumped ma­nure ahead of Pres­i­dent’s visit

County dumped 110 tonnes ma­nure in three venues, ap­par­ently to block Kigumo MP Jam­leck Ka­mau from launch­ing his man­i­festo. He’s run­ning against Gover­nor Wairia

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - JAMES WAINAINA @TheS­tarKenya

Mu­rang’a gov­ern­ment work­ers worked all through Sun­day to clear ma­nure from Mumbi Grounds, the Mu­rang’a Univer­sity Col­lege and Ihura Sta­dium ahead of Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s visit yes­ter­day.

The work­ers loaded the ma­nure on wait­ing trucks. The trucks were, how­ever, driven away af­ter the driv­ers re­alised the me­dia was film­ing them from a dis­tance. The work­ers were left with no choice but to pack the ma­nure in bags and carry it off on their backs.

The county gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials su­per­vis­ing the cleanup ar­rived at the univer­sity on a county gov­ern­ment bus, but left hur­riedly when they were in­formed of the film­ing.

The ma­nure was dumped in the fields days be­fore Kigumo MP Jam­leck Ka­mau launched his man­i­festo. This was seen as an at­tempt by Gover­nor Mwangi Wairia’s gov­ern­ment to stop the MP from hold­ing the event.

It took the in­ter­ven­tion of se­cu­rity per­son­nel guard­ing Mumbi Grounds on a 24-hour ba­sis, to stop more ma­nure be­ing off­loaded in the field.

On Fri­day, a Mu­rang’a court is­sued an in­junc­tion to stop the man­i­festo launch. This was af­ter Den­nis Karanja and Har­ri­son Gat­itu filed an ap­pli­ca­tion, say­ing the event would bring skir­mishes.

But county com­mis­sioner John Elun­gata re­fused to re­ceive the court or­der from lawyer Karanja Ngugi. David Mu­raya, an em­ployee of the lawyer was told to take the or­der to Ki­haru deputy com­mis­sioner Kepha Marube, who af­ter read­ing it re­ferred him back to Elun­gata’s of­fice, where he was thrown out.

The or­der listed the Mu­rang’a gov­ern­ment, the county com­mis­sioner and Jam­leck Ka­mau as the de­fen­dants.

Ka­mau also moved to the High Court in Nairobi to have the or­der by the Mu­rang’a court quashed. He se­cured a court or­der al­low­ing him to launch his man­i­festo.

Yes­ter­day, Uhuru com­mis­sioned the tar­ma­ck­ing of the Kangema-Gacharage road in Kangema. He then pro­ceeded to Makuyu to launch the tar­ma­ck­ing of Mukuyu-Kam­biria-Mirira-Gwathamaki, Gakira-Ngonda-Mu­nunga and Gakonya-Mahuaini roads. Uhuru later opened the MRI cen­tre at the Mu­rang’a County Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal.

/JAMES WAINAINA

County gov­ern­ment work­ers col­lect ma­nure at Mu­rang’a Univer­sity Col­lege on Sun­day

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