Tuesday, 13 February, Kitui By Clinton Mutua
Drama is unfolding in Kitui Town as the Mutonguni Ward MCA’s swearing in ceremomy scheduled to take place today abruptly stopped by a court order. Following a petition ruling by the Chief Magistrate court last month, the subsequent gazettement and awarding of certificate by the IEBC; Hon. Eng. Musee Mati was supposed to be sworn in today as the Mutonguni Ward Member of County Assembly. However, things turned upside down when Mati and his supporters arrived at KEFRI chambers, where the swearing in event was supposed to take place, to be denied access and to find a court order barring the event posted on the door.
The court order, served by the Machakos High Court, halts the swearing in event till pending matters in court have fully been resolved. Sources close to the dethroned MCA Felix Mbevo confirmed that the court orders had been sought by Mbevo’s legal representation after reading foul intents by key persons in the county to deprive them of justice. The orders were applied for on basis of urgency. Hon. Mbevo has accused the Kitui Chief magistrate court of conspiring to deny him justice. He wonders why the chief magistrate chose to ignore his memorandum of appeal tabled soon after the rulling, instead choosing to direct the gazettement of Eng. Mati and ordering the IEBC to award the certificate to Mati. He is also disgrunted that they were not served a copy of the judgement, a vital requirement in filing the appeal, until Friday 10th February; after the gazettement and certificate awarding of his rival. Massive demonstration are rocking the streets of Kitui Township as Mati’s supporters cried foul over the delays in swearing in their leader. They are demanding the immediate swearing in of their leader, Eng. Mati, as the Mutonguni Ward MCA. Earlier in the day, passionate supporters of Eng. Mati accosted Hon Mbevo at the Kitui County Assembly and threatened to Lynch him. According to eye-witness accounts, the dethroned MCA escaped narrowly when two local MCAs whisked him off from the angry crowd in their car. Mbevo was taken to the Kitui Police Station where he recorded a statement at around 11.00 this morning. Speaking exclusively to Kitui Newspaper in a phone interview, Eng. Mati expressed confidence that the event will go on as planned. Tensions are still high as Hon. Mbevo’s supporters have also been spotted regrouping to back up their leader. Confrontations have started being witnessed outside the county assembly of Kitui as police disperse clashing supporters with teargas. Follow Kitui Newspaper for detailed timely updates on developing stories around our counties.
Irate supporters clash outside the Kitui County Assembly