By Betty Luke
The swearing in of 18 Isiolo MCAs, ten elected, was set to begin at 9am on Tuesday but delayed for several hours after some United Democratic Alliance (UDA) supporters camped outside the Assembly gate protesting nomination of ex-Laikipia MP Cate Waruguru’s kin.
Police officers had hard time calming the irate residents who demanded that swearing in of Mr Kelvin Mbuthia be stopped as his nomination was allegedly skewed.
The position, the protesting group said, was initially supposed to go to one Fatuma Abdullahi whose name was reportedly topped in the party’s list but was replaced with Mr Mbuthia’s.
“It is unfortunate that we struggled to popularize the party and also fronted one of us for the nomination but the chance has been given to a non-resident,” one of the protesters lamented.
The group maintained that Mr Mbuthia who quit Laikipia’s Thingithu MCA race after losing in the party primaries was undeserving and should not have been sworn in to the assembly.
It took the intervention of Governor Abdi Ibrahim Hassan Guyo who was scheduled to hold a meeting with World Bank officials to have the protesters calm down.
“His name has already been gazetted and we cannot stop his swearing in. I promise to help you seek legal redress,” Governor Guyo told the group.
The swearing in would later kick off at the Assembly as members of the group watched from the locked gate manned by several police officers.
Less than 30 minutes later Mr Mbuthia was sworn in to represent marginalised in Isiolo Assembly in the event presided over by county assembly clerk Salad Boru.
After the swearing in, the 18 MCAs overwhelmingly elected former advisor to Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti as Isiolo’s third Speaker.
Mohamed Roba Qoto’s challengers: former MCAs Hassan Kumpa and Paul Mero of Cherab and Burat respectively garnered zero votes.
Oldonyiro MCA David Lemantile was also elected Deputy Speaker for the third time under the devolution after his Ngaremara counterpart Peter Losu quit from the race.
Last weekend, another faction of UDA members called for a ceasefire maintaining that campaigns period were over and that the leaders should be given ample time to deliver to the citizens.
The team while supporting Mbuthia’s nomination said law allowed him like other Kenyans to work in any part of the country saying there were Isiolo sons and daughters nominated to other county assemblies.
“We have no problem with any person because everyone has the right to work in any part of the county,” said one Hassan Nura.