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Murang’a reps walk out of Governor swearing-in ceremony

5_0DRAMA unfolded yester- day at Ihura stadium during the swearing-in ceremony of Murang’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.

“We cannot accept to be ignored like that in a pub- lic event . Elected leaders should be allocated seats,” 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 created  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. “They will meet us at the assembly where we will do our best to humiliate them as they have done us,” said Muchemi.

The representatives said the organizers of the event had not involved them in planning the ceremony. “We were never consult- ed or involved in any deci- sion making concerning the ceremony,” said former Murang’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

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