DRAMA unfolded yester- day at Ihura stadium during the swearing-in ceremony of Murangâ€™a county gov- ernor Mwangi wa Iria as 35 county representatives walked out of the event.
The civic leaders were an- gry because no seats were reserved for them at the stadium. Kangari ward representa- tive Anderson Muchemi said they felt belittled by the oversight.
â€œWe cannot accept to be ignored like that in a pub- lic event . Elected leaders should be allocated seats,â€ he said. Muchemi blamed the coordinator of the event, deputy governor Gakure Monyo for the incident.
Assembly speaker Ndu- ati Kariuki and Iria tried to persuade the county repre- sentatives to stay but they refused. The incident has createdÂ tension between the county assembly members and the executive.
They said they will frus- trate Iria and his govern- ment by rejecting the bills they will bring to the as- sembly. â€œThey will meet us at the assembly where we will do our best to humiliate them as they have done us,â€ said Muchemi.
The representatives said the organizers of the event had not involved them in planning the ceremony. â€œWe were never consult- ed or involved in any deci- sion making concerning the ceremony,â€ said former Murangâ€™a mayor Joseph Njoroge.
He said the lack of seats was deliberate and embar- rassed them in public. Njoroge said they will not accept such humiliation and blamed the governor and his team for the inci- dent.
After the incident the representatives went back to the chambers and locked themselves in. The swearing-in of the governor and his deputy continued without more incidents and was presided over by Judge Oscar An- gote.-The Star