In Summary
  • Deputy Minority Leader Newton Kariuki moved the motion and asked his colleagues to support it.
  • The MCAs concurred with Mr Kariuki and voted in favour of the motion.
  • Scores of the demonstrators were injured when they were clobbered and fell on rocks during the skirmishes.

Chaos has erupted in Embu County headquarters as MCAs and residents took to the streets and attempted to flush out officials accused of corruption.

Tension mounted Thursday as riot police engaged the demonstrators in running battles for the better part of the mourning.

This came shortly after the MCAs passed a motion barring the county government from collecting revenue from the business people.

MOTION

Deputy Minority Leader Newton Kariuki moved the motion and asked his colleagues to support it.

The Muminji MCA argued that Governor Martin Wambora's administration had totally failed to sack officers accused of corruption.

Mr Kariuki insisted that services by the county government should be grounded until the governor implements the resolution of the assembly seeking to have the officers dismissed.

The MCAs concurred with Mr Kariuki and voted in favour of the motion.

INJURED

During the ensuing protests, scores of the demonstrators were injured when they were clobbered and fell on rocks during the skirmishes.

Some of the MCAS were also manhandled by the riot police but vowed that no amount of intimidation would deter them from calling for the removal of dishonest officials working in the county government.

Business in Embu town came to a standstill as traders hurriedly closed their shops and took off for fear of looting.

Trouble started when the ward representatives converged at the assembly and held prayers before they poured into the streets in protest.

WAMBORA

They were later joined by the residents who were carrying placards and chanting slogans castigating Governor Wambora's administration.

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