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Probe Murang’a MCAs fight, governor tells DPP

Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has said the County Assembly should not reconvene until the matters affecting the House leadership are ironed out.

Reacting to an incident in which a fight broke out during  a party caucus on Friday, the governor said the Assembly could be turned into a death trap as the rivalry among MCAs persists.

“What happened on Friday was very beastly and there appeared to be a plan to have some MCAs killed,” he said.

Addressing the press in Murang’a over the weekend,  Wa  Iria said he was disappointed by the conduct of the leaders given that it was being the second time they are fighting in public.

Officials injured

He demanded that Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) takes over the matter and have those who led the violence, which left several ward representatives and Jubilee Party officials injured, prosecuted.

“I want the ring leaders arrested and charged and they should also produce the goons they had hired to attack their colleagues,” he said.

“The video which was taken at the scene has clear faces and I vow not to rest until all the assailants  are brought to book,” he added.

Wa Iria said the leaders have betrayed the people who voted them in terming the incident as shameful.  “This is the worst incident that the county has experienced and worse still they went to another county to wash their dirty linen in public,” he said.

The incident came barely two months after a group of MCAs stormed  the Clerks office with intent to eject him.  The matter is still under investigation by the relevant authorities.

Ahadi Kenya Trust boss Stanley Kamau also expressed displeasure over the matter claiming that there could be  forces inciting the MCAs into violence.

The incident happened even as Jubilee Party leaders from Murang’a said they had formed a seven-member disciplinary committee to probe Friday’s chaos.

He said they have forwarded the names to the party’s secretary  general Raphael Tuju for approval.

Led by the party’s county secretary Samuel Macharia, the officials also suspended  Simon Gakuru from his position as the county party chair and replace him with Kariuki Nigeria in acting capacity.

Macharia said the meeting was unprocedural as the party’s laws were not followed, adding that they will not hesitate to take action on anyone official  found to be in breach of the law.

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