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Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016 17:27 EAT
There was a political showdown at the Kangundo Bus Terminus on Monday during the Jamuhuri Day celebrations before the President’s speech was read after supporters of area MP Kyengo Maweu clashed with those of the MP's insurgent challenger Rose Wambua. Aspirants seeking to unseat the incumbent were given the opportunity to address the public before the speech was read. However, Rose's speech garnered close attention from the people after she questioned the current MP on accountability issues.
Rose, who so far is the only woman who has shown interest in the seat, blamed Mr Maweu for failing to involve the public on certain projects he embarked on the constituency. “I want Mr Maweu to explain to us why he did not call for public participation when he was building the KMTC and the Kwa Kathule Polytechnic, he did not consult the public,” said Rose.
This incensed some youths aligned to the current MP who became rowdy and chaotic, forcing the event to be stopped for a while as police intervened to restore calm and the event went on. However, Mr Maweu was quick to respond saying that the projects were of good to the community and people of Kangundo. “The above projects are going to benefit the people of Kangundo especially our children because they will be given first priority during selections and not me, and it will open the region economically,” said the MP.
With few months to the elections, the political temperatures are expected to get hotter as the incumbent Maweu faces stiff competition but still remains adamant that he will retain his seat. Other aspirants present at the celebrations were Athanas Ndolo, Titus Matiku alias Kavila and Chris Kyalo.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press