MCAs to skip late Governor Gachagua’s burial, to attend devolution conference in Naivasha instead

The MCAs cited security concerns as the main reason why they will skip the burial of their former county boss.

Majority Leader of Nyeri County Assembly Duncan Gituanja addresses journalists on March 2, 2017. He said his colleagues will not attend the burial of Nderitu Gachagua over security concerns.

The MCAs cited security concerns as the main reason why they will skip the burial of their former county boss.

Majority Leader Duncan Gituanja claimed that some members had received death threats.

"We had planned to attend the burial but not anymore given the social media threats. We were recently told that our condolence messages were not accepted yet they were sincere," he said.

The MCAs claim they have been portrayed in a manner intimating that they played a part in the death of the governor, which  they say is misleading and untrue.

According to media reports, Gituanja has already sent President Uhuru Kenyatta an apology confirming their expected absenteeism.

"The security apparatus in the county has not assured us of security. We feel that since we do not own guns we cannot afford to take that risk," he said.

Feud with family

The MCAs have also been at loggerheads with the late governor’s family.

Earlier this week, the ward representatives warned the late governor’s brother, Rigathi Gachagua, against meddling in county affairs.

Rigathi condemned the MCAs for their “sudden change of heart” after they organised a special sitting to eulogise Mr Gachagua.

“I wish you told him those sweet words when he was ailing and not in a special sitting after his death,” Rigathi said on Monday.

In September last year, the MCAs overwhelmingly voted to remove the late governor from office.

The Senate later came to the rescue of the late Gachagua after they decided that they did not consider the allegations against him gross enough to warrant his removal from office.

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