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Sunday 21 September 2014


There was drama in Yatta when pro and anti- referendum factions shared the same platform during a funeral of a relative to Katangi MCA Felix Ngui. The function attended by area MP Francis Mwangangi turned chaotic when mourners turned against speakers rooting for referendum, a call opposed by their MP.
The locals were angered by the pro-referendum agitators’ presence terming them foreigners out to derail development in Yatta by engaging in endless politics against the wishes of the people.
The speakers ferried from other constituencies came to a rude shock when one of them, a ward representative loser from Machakos town, castigated the recent demonstrations in Yatta against Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka for opposing the renovation of Yatta canal. The mourners jeered him and threatened to eject him from the funeral for being used by the former VP to oppose water projects in the consistency. The ward representative loser was accompanied by one Sammy Musyoka who is Kalonzo’s step-brother.
The duo had earlier been spotted with the two MCAs at Ole-Sereni Hotel in Nairobi where they had met Kalonzo to scheme on how to control damage caused to Kalonzo by the demonstration. Ngui of Katangi) and Nathaniel Nganga of Ikombe were allegedly brought on board to fight Mwangangi in Yatta over his stand on referendum and for working with Jubilee government.
According to a source who attended the secret meeting, Kalonzo promised Nganga who is the Machakos county deputy speaker Wiper ticket come 2017 if he brings on board all five MCAs in the constituency to fight the incumbent MP.
The Yatta Canal rehabilitation project launched by Deputy President William Ruto three weeks ago has put Kalonzo’s at loggerheads with the MP and his supporters who held demonstration after Kalonzo made a remark to the effect that the project was aimed at scuttling referendum in the area.
The Sh2 billion project will see more than 8000 households benefit from water and is due for completion in eight months. The effort by the Muungano party elected MP to launch the project is said to have angered Kalonzo who is accused of fighting leaders who try to initiate development in the region and those who do not toe his line of politics.
On his side, Mwangangi has promised to lead his people to apposing the referendum terming it a waste of time and public resources. He has challenged Raila Odinga and Kalonzo to wait for 2017 instead of duping Kenyans to gain political relevance.
In the region Jubilee has the support of Mwangangi,  Vincent Musyoka  of Mwala, Victor Munyaka   of Machakos Town) Benson Mbai of Masinga and John Munuve of Mwingi North.

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