MCAs protest nomination of Laikipia MCA candidate to represent the marginalised in Isiolo
A section of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) leaders and supporters in Isiolo County have protested the nomination of Mbuthia Waruguru to represent the marginalised in the County Assembly citing that he was a Laikipia County MCA candidate in the just-concluded election.
Addressing the media, the leaders led by Burat Ward MCA Nicholas Olot expressed that they were surprised to see the name of a Laikipia resident in the list of the gazetted nominated MCAs for the Isiolo County Assembly.
"Mbuthia had not applied for the nomination in Isiolo county, all we know is that he had vied for MCA seat in Laikipia county but lost in the August general election," Olot stated.
According to Olot, the MCA in question has been nominated to represent women in the marginalised whereas he is a man.
"We are surprised to know that he has been nominated to represent women in the marginalised group whereas he is a man from the Majority community and County," Olot added.
He also noted that there are Isiolo residents who had applied for the nomination but unfortunately their names were scrapped in favour of the Laikipia resident.
"We voted for President Ruto overwhelmingly and we are the most deserved for the nomination of MCA seat representing the marginalised," Olot stated.
Olot now wants President William Ruto to grant them an opportunity for fair representation since they have been marginalised for a long time.
"Mbuthia knows nothing about the problems facing Isiolo residents some of them being drought, insecurity and poor infrastructure," Olot added.
He however expressed confidence in the party's ability to solve the issue and restore sanity in the nomination.
Marcella Mugambi, a resident and UDA supporter in Isiolo county also expressed her disappointment in the move to nominate a non-Isiolo resident.
On her part, she stated that she was hopeful that their party leader President William Ruto will address the concerns and subsequently give back the seat to Isiolo residents.
"We feel oppressed since we are the ones who proposed Fatuma's name for nomination even if some of us had to forego our ambitions of representing Isiolo people in a nominated capacity," Mugambi stated.
Wabera Ward MCA aspirant who vied and lost on a UDA ticket urged Mbuthia to resign from the nomination list because they are confident they are going to win against him when they go to court.
"The MCAs are set to be sworn in on September 21, but we will make sure no MCA from Isiolo county will take the oath," the MCA said.