, BEIJING, China Sept 28 – Wiper Democratic Movement Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka has called for truce in Makueni County, following Tuesday’s confrontation that left six people wounded.
The clash occurred when Governor Kivutha Kibwana led a group of his supporters to the county assembly where local leaders were meeting.
The former Vice President has appointed Wiper Party Chairman and Kitui Senator David Musila to lead the mediation and reconciliation process.
“I am urging the concerned leaders to stop engaging each other in public and through the media so that we can give mediation a chance” the Wiper party leader said on the sidelines of the World Eminent Chinese Businessmen Association Capital Forum in China.
The former Vice President said he is planning to convene meeting bringing together politicians and professional from the county, when he returns back from China, to try and find a lasting solution.
The Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto on Thursday threatened to call for the dissolution of Makueni County if mediation talks fail.
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.
The Senate committee on Devolution which is chaired by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen is also mediating the crisis.
“I do not to apportion blame except to appeal to the concerned parties to embrace tolerance and respect each other so that we can focus on service delivery,” Musyoka said.
Six people were shot and seriously wounded, including the county’s Chief of Staff when bodyguards of the Speaker and majority leader opened fire to disperse a crowd that had gathered at the county assembly. The two have since faced charges in court.
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 week, 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.