Sorry Baba, we only intended to discipline ‘flower girl’ MCAs, Mumias youths tell Raila
Apologetic Mumias youths, who smashed the windscreen of Cord leader Raila Odinga’s car at Shibale last Friday, have said they did not intent to disappoint him and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. Their representatives Faraj Faluma and Musa Ekaya said their intention was to “discipline” MCAs. “Some MCAs have failed to understand we voted for them and other leaders to serve us, and have been the governor’s “flower girls”. They follow him wherever he goes, doing little in their wards,” Ekaya said.
Faluma said, “The chaos that erupted at Shibale aimed to show Raila and Oparanya we are fed up with MCAs following the governor wherever he goes.” He said Mayoni MCA Libinus Oduor has achieved little in development, compared to the neighbouring wards. Speaking to the press in Mumias town on Sunday, the two said the role of MCAs is to represent the electorate in the county assembly, ensure county funds are used well and make laws. “But some of the MCAs do not understand their mandate,” Ekaya said. He said Raila is a respected statesman who is free to visit every part of the world and is welcome to Mumias. Raila and Oparanya were visiting victims of police brutality during an operation in search of seven guns stolen from the Booker police post.
The youths accused Oparanya of neglecting them when they were being harassed and beaten up by GSU officers. Many residents were injured, women raped and property lost. Ekaya said Oduor worked with former Mumias Sugar Company managers and is to blame for the company’s predicament.
“He was awarded a contract to repackage sugar at the factory. He hired youth for casual jobs but did not pay them. Youths are so bitter with him,” he said. Ekaya said Mayoni ward is less developed compared to Koyonzo, yet the wards get an equal share of revenue from the county government. “He said there is a new market in Koyonzo, three health centres and ward offices.