Residents of Kyome/Thaana ward in Mwingi West held peaceful demonstrations in Kanyaa Market to push for the IEBC to gazette their MCA election date saying that they have waited for a long time.
The elections were postponed after the death of Muthengi Junior who was an MCA Candidate on a Tujibebe Party ticket, the residents claim that they fear that they will be left behind in terms of development because the other MCAs in Kitui County will be sworn in early September to start working for their people.
Addressing the press, the residents called upon the IEBC to tell them when they will gazette the ward elections because they have waited for long without getting a response from the IEBC.
“We as residents of Kyome Thaana ward are requesting the IEBC to announce when we will be going to vote for our MCA because when we look at other areas, we are already lagging and we want to be part of how the county government of Kitui is running especially with our new Governor Malombe. I also call our Governor to wait for our MCA to come and get in the Assembly before distributing the county cake of development and resources when our MCA is not there,” Samuel Mbuvi a resident of Thokoa in Kyome said.
The residents also said that they feel disturbed when they remember that they have another election to vote for and thus they want to know their fate and continue with their work instead of focusing on politics.
“We feel that we are ready for the polls so we urge IEBC to tell us when we are going to vote because we have already decided who will be our next MCA,” Mama Juma from Kanyaa added.
The race has attracted 10 candidates who have been cleared by the IEBC. Last month, IEBC postponed MCA elections in Kyome/Thaana ward in Mwingi west and 3 other wards. This follows the death of candidates that had been cleared to vie.
Other wards that did not vote include; Oloimasani ward, Emurua Dikir Constituency after MCA candidate Marcelly Kiptonui Kirui passed on, South Gem in Gem, Siaya after the death of candidate Maurice Nick Otieno Wanga, and Utawala ward in Embakasi East.