In Summary
  • Trouble began when the governor tried to defend the county government’s choice of Rongo, Migori and Awendo towns are the beneficiaries of the Sh516 million project.

  • Politicians and residents of Kuria region, led by Mr Kitayama, have protested the move claiming that the region has been unfairly sidelined. 

  • Mr Kitayama had blamed the governor for deliberately denying the Kuria region a municipality.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado and Kuria East MP Marwa Kitayama on Wednesday clashed at a public function in Kegonga in Kuria East over a World Bank project meant to upgrade municipalities in the county.

The governor, accompanied by a host of MCAs and county government officials, was in the area to open a maternity ward at Kegonga Sub-County Hospital and to launch Kegonga Sub-County offices.

SH516M PROJECT

Trouble began when the governor tried to defend the county government’s choice of Rongo, Migori and Awendo towns are the beneficiaries of the Sh516 million project. 

Politicians and residents of Kuria region, led by Mr Kitayama, have protested the move claiming that the region has been unfairly sidelined. 

Mr Obado accused Mr Kitayama of being used by his political enemies to taint his name with the WB project.

“I have tried to explain to my brother (Mr Kitayama) the truth about the World Bank project but he has refused to listen. He wants to incite the Kuria people against me so that they can think Obado is such a bad person. He is the only one who knows his aim of besmirching my name. He is here and I do not want to speak behind his back,” said Mr Obado.

He added, “So my brother, on a sober note, let me tell you whoever you are working for, you will not succeed.” It is at this point that Mr Kitayama angrily dashed to the podium in an attempt to interrupt the governor.

CHAOS

The apparently charged residents erupted in jeers shouting down the governor. His body guards moved into action and surrounded him as an agitated Mr Kitayama and his supporters demanded him to stop speaking.

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