Police hunt for two suspects after county staff injured at Kisii Governor Simba Arati's meeting
Police in Kisii have launched a manhunt for two suspects following Tuesday's scuffle at Gusii Stadium between two County staff and unknown individuals during Governor Simba Arati's meeting with a section of the county staff.
According to a police report seen by Citizen TV, one Job Oyugi, a county staff, was on his way out of the stadium after attending the Governor's meeting when unknown individuals pounced on him with kicks and blows.
Governor Arati has however distanced himself from the attack saying there are sections of politicians from the County who are inciting county staff to revolt against his administration.
“I am happy that these members were all here therefore this business of saying that Simba locked people in the stadium…did I close them down and beat even the MCAs? I was meeting the idle staff and there was nothing like that…” he said.
“I was not chasing anyone home…these are idle staff who have been in those offices doing nothing.”
According to the Governor, the scuffle was pre-planned by those against his close association with President William Ruto in an effort to cause a rift in the county.
“It is about people who are now scared that I am engaging the national government, particularly the president. We have 48 governments, and we must work with all of them, especially the national government and the head is the president,” Arati explained.
He added: “The people who are making noise are those who want to wage war between the president and me…I want to tell them it is far-fetched and cannot work. I will work with the president and he will work with me, we had promised each other... am going to stand firm for service delivery to our people. ”
In a rejoinder, UDA-affiliated MCAs led by the Minority Leader condemned the incident calling for a thorough investigation of the matter before things get out of hand.
“We have come here with a few MCAs so that we stand together with Edna and show that we are united as leaders from the region,” said Minority Leader Dennis Ombachi.
Nominated MCA Leah Bwari added: “After they attacked them, we stood firm as leaders to try and stop them and we also ended up being assaulted and that is why one of us was beaten up. We want the youth who are culpable to be arrested in order to serve as an example to other similar offenders.”
The angry MCAs also decried the attack of one of the nominated MCAs Edna Kwamboka during the scuffle saying the governor should take responsibility, adding that they view the incident as politically instigated.
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