Key leaders skip Mashujaa day celebrations in Home Bay
The absence of county commissioner Kassim Farrah and governor Cyprian Awiti made it lack its normal atmosphere.
In Homa Bay,this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations was heldb at Oriang’ Manywanda Primary school in Rachuonyo North Sub county.
Farrah and Awiti were expected to officiate the celebrations but none of the two leaders featured during the celebrations.
Instead, the ceremony was presided over by East Karachuonyo Assistant County Commissioner Puis Ondachi.
Ondachi read President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech during the function.
He also took the opportunity to call on the area residents to maintain peace during the ongoing electioneering period.
“I call on our people to maintain peace so that we leave as brothers and sisters in the society,”Ondachi said.
Efforts to speak to Farrah proved futile since he did not pick up our phone calls.
Karachuonyo MP Adipo Okuome and other politicians in the area boycotted the Mashujaa Day celebrations.
Adipo said he took the opportunity to go and console a family of Victor Okoth, a form four student who wascshot dead during a protest in Kisumu early this week.
Adipo said it would not auger well for him to celebrate at a time when his innocent student had been killed.
“Mashujaa Day is good for remembering our heroes but I felt that I should spend the opportunity to console the family of the little boy who died death he did not deserve,” Adipo said.
The Legislator called on security personnel in the country to shun brutality when dispersing demonstrators.
“The constitution allows people to demonstrate hence we want the police to accord Kenyans their rights,” he said.
He said he will not allow the imminent repeat of the Presidential poll to be undertaken in his constituency.
“We need not just an election but a credible one. Let the IEBC undertake reforms which would enhance free and fair elections,” Adipo added.