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Thursday, 18 September 2014


President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the release of six youths charged over the Migori heckling incident. Uhuru who met Migori leaders at State House Nairobi promised to return to Migori for the unfinished business.

During the meeting, Uhuru said he had forgiven all those who were involved in the ugly incident saying the youths in custody deserve a chance in life to be able to see opportunities the government is creating for them.

“I forgive all the young men involved in the heckling and I have asked that they be freed,” the Head of State said. Uhuru made the remarks during the meeting with over 500 leaders who called on him with an apology over the ugly incident blamed on local politics.

The leaders were led by Migori governor Okoth Obado, Migori Senator Chris Machage and Rongo MP Dalmas Otoieno among others.

 “I do not blame the people of Migori this was caused by a few leaders who believe we are still in the stone age.” Initially the meeting flopped after reports from State House indicated that the President’s diary was full.

The large delegation of the entire county executive, friendly members of the county assembly, a splinter group of the Luo Council of Elders and ordinary residents was forced to find accommodation in Nairobi.

"They came at their own cost and will meet all the expenses. Some, like the religious leaders, flew to Nairobi to show solidarity," said Obado.
The team, which arrived in Nairobi aboard eight buses from 11pm the previous day, remained stranded almost all day yesterday at Uhuru Park with the promise that Uhuru would "squeeze them into his busy schedule".

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the delegation was paid at least Sh7,000 per person as allowance, which attracted a scathing attack from MPs from Migori county who said they would not attend.

Suna East MP Junet Mohammed maintained that Obado must explain the source of the money used in the trip and threatened to kick off his recall as Governor. "This is the height of misuse of public resources. The budget which was passed by the Migori Country Assembly had no allocation of trips to see Uhuru," he lashed out.

MPs allied to Cord leader Raila Odinga, including Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga, Uriri MP John Kobado and Suna West MP Joseph Ndiege kept away.