, MAKUENI, Kenya Sept 26 – Two bodyguards are among three people charged over the Tuesday shooting incident that left six people wounded in Makueni.
The two identified in court documents as Ndunda Muthoka and Markline Daido are bodyguards assigned to the Makueni county assembly speaker Stephen Ngelu and Majority Leader Francis Mutuku.
The third accused person is Amos Mwanzia who faced charges of breaking the assembly’s main gate at Wote town.
They all appeared before Makueni Chief Magistrate Richard Koech who released them on a Sh100,000 bond each or a surety of a similar amount.
The county’s Chief of Staff was among the six people wounded when two groups clashed outside the assembly.
Trouble is said to have started when Kibwana with his supporters stormed a meeting convened by Makueni politicians led by area MPs, Speaker, and MCAs to deliberate on the stalled development in the area.
The meeting was also meant to settle mounting discontent with the Governor’s County Executive Committee which has been accused of corruption and impunity at the expense of the county’s development.
Last Saturday, a group of MCAs and MPs resolved to start an impeachment process in 14 days, against Kibwana if he failed to sack corrupt officials in his government.
The Council of Governors led by its chairman Issac Ruto on Thursday threatened to call for the dissolution of the county government once mediation talks fail to bring warring parties together.
Article 192 (1) of the Constitution allows the President to suspend a county government in an emergency arising out of internal conflict, war or in any other exceptional circumstances.
However, the suspension is after an independent commission of inquiry is satisfied with the allegations and the Senate upholds the suspension.
Such suspension can only remain in force for 90 days after which elections shall be held in the suspended county.