Governor John Nyagarama has for the first time spoken out in public over his two longest minutes of heckling he faced in the presence of Uhuru Kenyatta in Nyamira two weeks ago.
The governor had hosted Uhuru at Ikonge Primary School where he commissioned a new road and had a public rally when the mammoth crowd heckled and shouted him down, thwarting his efforts to read his speech. Nyagarama had to swallow his pride and sit down without addressing his subjects. The president who seemed shocked by the crowd laughed and clapped his hands in amazement as the governor helplessly tried to implore the crowd to give him time to address them. The event was also attended by Raila Odinga who watched as the governor was harshly booed.
Also in attendance were Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i, Senator Okong’o Omogeni and more than 10 other lawmakers and politicians from the region. Ironically, Nyagarama’s deputy Amos Nyaribo and their Kisii counterpart, James Ongwae, received thunderous cheers of welcome when they stood to address the people. The shameful happening was the talk on Friday last week during the burial of former chairman of Nyamira budget and economic forum chairman Francis Ongwae at Magwagwa where Nyagarama and two other MPs addressed mourners.
It was North Mugirango MP Joash Nyamoko who started the topic by apologizing over the happening which he termed shameful and uncalled for. “It was a very shameful act that leaders could plan such a bad thing which left our names in dirt and inconsolably hurt before the head of state,” the MP said. Nyamoko said he took the burden to apologize because the incident happened in his constituency. When he stood up to address mourners, Nyagarama said his heckling was unfortunate to the county residents because all the demands of the people that he had to tell the president were lost following what he termed a mannerless show.
“When you quarrel with your wife, do you continue fighting even when you have a visitor? Let me tell you what you lost as a county as a result of the heckling was too much. It was that unfortunate,” Nyagarama said. Nyagarama said that those who had plotted his heckling were not punishing him but the people of Nyamira county who were out to benefit from the demands he was making. Borabu MP Ben Momanyi who also attended the funeral decried what he said was a bad trend for politicians to hire goons to heckle leaders. At the event where Nyagarama was heckled, Uhuru launched a connector road between Chepilat, Ikonge and Chabera.
The leaders vowed to never let such incidents happen in the county.