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Abagusii community calls for calm amid Arati, Machogu, Osoro scuffles

By Nyaboga Kiage February 15th, 2024 2 min read

The high political temperatures in Kisii County are affecting the economic growth of the region with the Abagusii community living abroad asking their leaders to calm down.

In the recent past, Kisii Governor Simba Arati has publicly argued with Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu, South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro, and Deputy Governor Robert Monda.

The political tiffs have led to reports of an impeachment motion against Monda who is accused of among others, absconding duty and flouting the code of conduct.

Mr Monda, who is said to be experiencing a breakdown in his relationship with his boss, is now expected to defend himself before the assembly before any action is taken.

Mr Albert Kastone Nyamari, the vice president of the Abagusii community who is based in the US  expressed disappointment with the developments on the political scene in the region.

“The Kisii leaders should be fighting for more resources to be brought to the region other than going at each other,” he explained in a press statement.

Mr Nyamari further warned that the political season was over after the 2022 polls and urged the elected leaders to focus on service delivery.

“Mr Arati is the elected Governor. The leaders should accept that and work with him. That is the only way to develop this great county which has a lot of potential.”

The Kisii region has experienced volatile political activities in the recent past.

In January 2024, unknown armed men stormed a meeting chaired by Governor Arati in the region. The county boss was distributing education bursaries to needy families when the incident happened. Bullets were fired forcing the people to scamper for safety with scores injured. The county boss has repeatedly blamed Mr Osoro for orchestrating the incident.

Osoro has denied the accusations but blames Mr Arati for ‘consistently provoking him.’

The government is yet to apprehend those who caused the incident.

In another incident, Arati and Osoro were involved in a physical confrontation in the presence of then Deputy President William Ruto at a funeral in 2021.

A move by Machogu to reconcile the youthful leaders failed to bear fruit.

Incidentally, Machogu and Arati, who contested for the gubernatorial seat in the 2022 polls, were at it again after they clashed as an event in the region.

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