Sorry Baba, we only in­tended to dis­ci­pline ‘flower girl’ MCAs, Mu­mias youths tell Raila

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western -

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.

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