NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – A group of residents from Makueni County on Friday camped outside Harambee House in a bid to present President Uhuru Kenyatta with their petition seeking to dissolve the county government headed by embattled Governor Kivutha Kibwana.
The residents numbering over 3,000 who arrived at President Kenyatta’s office at around 11.30am told reporters they had collected more 50,000 signatures to push for the dissolution because of the constant fighting between Governor Kibwana and the Members of the County Assembly.
“When you see us here, it is because we have problems. We had to fundraise to get transport so that we can come and plead with the president to come to our aid.”
“Our petition has complied with the law, we are now saying the county government must be dissolved within 24 hours,” said the resident as other chanted tunataka ivunjwe! (we want it dissolved).
The residents told Capital FM News they want to be allowed to elect a new county government that will serve the interests of the people.
One resident said: “These MCAs are not helping us at all, all they do is go on foreign trips and we don’t see any benefits from it. They promised that we will have seeds in time for the planting season but even that… it’s like they swallowed them.”
The wrangles in the county have been pitting Kibwana against the MCAs, who impeached him last month. He however successfully obtained a court injunction that blocked the Senate from acting on the impeachment.
The protestors brought business at the nearby Sheria House to a standstill as the waved placards bearing messages such as ‘Bomoa Tujenge Upya Sasa!’ (Disband it now so that we can set up a new one).
Five people, including Kibwana’s chief of staff and bodyguard, were injured in September during a shootout within the County Assembly after the Governor’s supporters stormed a meeting there.