3 injured as Murang’a MCAs meeting turns violent


By Charles Gikunga

Murang’a County Members of County Assembly engaged in a fistfight on Friday after a meeting called by a section of the county legislators to replace the assembly’s leadership at a Kiambu hotel turned violent.

Some MCAs and a section of Jubilee Party officials from Murang’a stormed the meeting held at Sahara West Park in Ruaka, Kiambu County and disrupted the meeting accusing their counterparts of plotting a “coup” in the House leadership for what they termed as “selfish gain”.

They demanded an explanation as to why they were holding the meeting in isolation after which the MCAs, who were in the original meeting asked the youth who had accompanied them to frog march the “uninvited” MCAs out of the premises.

During the fracas, Gatanga Ward MCA Nahashon Gachuhi suffered head injuries and bruises after he was hit with a stone and roughed up by the youth while his Kamacharia counterpart Gerrard Wambugu sustained serious bruises on his back and face.

Murang’a Jubilee Party Deputy Secretary General Charles Njoroge, who doubles up as Kigumo constituency JP chairman was injured on his lower jaw and got bruises.

They reported the matter at the neighbouring Runda Police Station after which they sought treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.

When normalcy resumed, the organisers of the meeting addressed the media where they unveiled the new county assembly leadership.

Amos Murigi of Kimorori Wempa ward replaced Eric Kamande in the majority leader’s position while Peter Muiruri took over the position of deputy majority leader from Ms Joyce Wambui, who was picked as the majority chief whip, replacing Simon Wamunya.

Duncan Muturi was picked as the deputy chief whip.

According to Mr. Murigi, they decided to change the House leadership because it had been “compromised, was incompetent and selfish” saying it had failed in its mandate.

On the other hand, those opposed to the move claimed that the team was being sponsored by a Principal Secretary and a prominent businessmen from the region with a view to destabilising Governor Mwangi Wa Iria’s government.

 

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