In Summary
  • The angry locals threatened to send the chief away by force if he is spotted going about his duties in the area.
  • Mr Simon Macharia, a former Soroko assistant chief, was promoted to the position of senior chief for Witu Location earlier February.
  • Mr Omar Fuad said Witu residents will not allow “an outsider to rule them”.

Residents of Witu in Lamu West have barred a chief who was recently appointed by the national government to serve in the area from accessing his office.

Speaking to Nation shortly after locking the chief’s office on Sunday, the angry locals threatened to send the chief away by force if he is spotted going about his duties in the area.

Mr Simon Macharia, who is a former assistant chief of Soroko Sub-Location, was promoted to the position of senior chief for Witu Location earlier February.

But residents have rejected the appointment saying the chief is not a native of Witu and that it will only be proper if the government considers selecting another individual from the area to hold the position.

DEMONSTRATIONS

On Friday, over 300 resident of Witu and its environs staged a major demonstration aimed at pushing the government to immediately remove the chief.

During the demonstrations which lasted for an hour, businesses in Witu Town were interrupted as the angry residents danced and screamed as they protested along the streets of the town.

The protesters who were carrying branches and placards with the message “Macharia Must Go”, also matched to the assistant county commissioner’s office where they presented a petition demanding the immediate removal of the chief.

They had also vowed to continue with the demos until their complaints are heard and action taken.

On Sunday, some of the residents kept guard at the chief’s office which is in Witu Town.

“We are very much alert. We don’t want to see Mr Macharia here. He is an outsider and cannot lead us,” said Mr Bwanamkuu Fumo who is a youth leader in Witu.

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