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Nyamira MCAs reject motion to adjourn over Uhuru visit


Nyamira County Assembly on Wednesday defeated an adjournment motion during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaign rallies in the region on Thursday.

Mr Charles Barongo argued that allowing such a motion “will set bad precedence in the House” as each member may seek similar adjournments once their political party leaders visited the area.

“This is a campaign period and Mr Kenyatta is coming visiting not as a President but a presidential candidate. My presidential candidate is Raila Amolo Odinga and therefore I cannot attend the Jubilee rally,” Mr Barongo said.

Mr Thaddeus Nyabaro defended the motion, saying Uhuru was still the President of Kenya despite the repeat presidential elections and they should adjourn to attend the function.

“It will be bad if I will not attend the President’s function since he is going to land in my Ekerenyo ward,” Mr Nyabaro said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are scheduled to visit Nyamira on Thursday.

The two are expected to start their campaign rallies at Ekerenyo sports ground in North Mugirango before moving to Gesima in Kitutu Masaba constituency.

Mr Laban Masira said there was no official invitation to the Assembly to warrant them to adjourn to attend the function.

Mr Robinson Mocheche said his Bonyamatuta ward residents will not allow him attend a Jubilee campaign function yet they had elected him on ODM party.

Uhuru’s visit will be his first to the region since the annulment of the August presidential elections.

Jubilee party officials said he will conduct rallies in Kisii town, Suneka and Marani shortly after landing.

Uhuru’s is finally coming to terms with the Supreme Court ruling and this visit is him trying to mend fences with the Kisii after the recent attack on Chief Justice David Maraga.

Justice David Maraga is a native of Nyamira County and residents held protests over the Uhuru’s criticism of the court’s majority ruling last month even burning his effigy.

In the last three weeks, the Uhuru has met two separate delegations from the community in State House Nakuru and Nairobi as the part of the reconciliation efforts with the community though both times he was left embarrassed after they left chanting NASA slogans.

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