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Embarrassed before First Lady, Lamu MP blames opponents

Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa, who was booed out of the podium by his own constituents during a visit by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to the area this week, has accused unnamed local politicians of creating animosity against him.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 28 May 2016 11:17 EAT

Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa, who was booed out of the podium by his own constituents during a visit by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to the area this week, has accused unnamed local politicians of creating animosity against him.

Mrs. Kenyatta visited Lamu on Tuesday to hand over the 40th mobile clinic in her ongoing Beyond Zero campaign. The ceremony was held at Mokowe Secondary School.

Many local leaders addressed the event without any incident, but when Ndegwa’s time arrived, he was shouted down by the crowd.

The MP initially attempted to make his speech despite the boos, but he was forced to cut short his speech when the people became rowdy.

Drama started when Ndegwa was handed the microphone by Governor Issa Timamy. He mounted the podium to begin his speech but the crowd immediately began jeering  him. His voice was drowned out in the shouts and boos and he had to stand down.

Efforts by the County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri to calm down the crowd and have them listen to the MP were futile. When the MP insisted on speaking despite their approval, the people threatened to walk away.

As the drama unfolded, Ndegwa appeared confused,pleaded with the people: “Let’s please respect each other. I am still the MP of this place and I have every right to speak at such an event if I so wish. Shouting me down before such a guest is a big and bad embarrassment,”

He accused some politicians of paying local youth to embarrass him in front of the first lady and cause him psychological torture.

“I know people have been paid to do this and that is disrespectful and unfair. Why is it that a mere nominated MCA who stands to speak doesn’t receive the same treatment as me? Am I not the MP? Such behavior will only breed unwarranted unrest come 2017,”said Ndegwa.

Once the MP handed the mic back to Gov Timmany, the crowd observed order.

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