By Mbrak Abucheri
Hadija Juma Nganyi (Centre) with other women during the swearing in ceremony of Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya on 21st August 2017 at Bukhungu stadium
Muslim residents in Kakamega County on Friday protested against the blocking of the swearing in of their nominated representative at the county assembly.
The residents led by Abdulrahman Alusa said it was unfair for the nominated MCA Hadija Juma Nganyi to be prevented from taking oath and them as Muslim community to be denied a slot at the assembly yet they fully participated in the elections and overwhelmingly voted for ODM and NASA.
Hadija Juma Nganyi who had been nominated by the Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) Party and her name gazetted as among nominated Members of County Assembly(MCAs) was barred from taking oath of office after two individuals obtained court order stopping her from being sworn in.
Members of County Assembly were sworn in on September 7 at the Assembly y chamber. On the same date September 7, Scholastica Ngina Shiraku and Feisal Abdi, through lawyer David Masake, obtained orders to block the MCA from taking oath on grounds that the gazetted names include Eric Changorok Kongolmole from Kapenguria.
Hadija had earlier shown interest in the Women Representative position but was defeated by Elsie Busihile Muhanda during the party primaries.Elsie who is the former Health executive is the current women representative for Kakamega County.
Chief magistrate Justice Bildad Ochieng temporary restrained the swearing in of the two nominated MCAs,pending the hearing and determination of the case. Article 7A ( 2 ) of the County Government Act bars swearing in office of a nominated member who is facing a case blocking him or her or having a pending court case over his or her nomination.
Abdulrahman further pointed out that 2010 constitution was envisaged to promote inclusion and to bring in the needs of the minority and marginalized.”It is prudent that we have our own who has a similar problem and understands our challenges,otherwise the assembly will not be inclusive,” Abdulrahman said.They also urged the Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya to consider the Muslim community and include its among nominees to the county cabinet set to be unveiled soon.
The residents called on ODM Party leader Raila Odinga to intervene and ensure their wish is granted.They threatened to ditch ODM for Jubilee if Hadija Juma is not sworn in and one of their own is not included in the county cabinet.