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Local leaders furious after being locked out of Mashujaa Day programme

By John Atambo | Published Mon, October 22nd 2018 at 09:40, Updated October 22nd 2018 at 18:14 GMT +3

Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo (right) and former Kakamega Senator Dr Boni Khalwale during celebrations to mark Mashujaa Day at Kakamega  on Saturday. [Benjamin Sakwa/Standard]

There is disquiet after local leaders were locked out of Mashujaa Day celebrations programme at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County on Saturday.

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Central Organisation of Trade Unions boss Francis Atwoli said it was demeaning for organisers to deny Luhya leaders a chance to address the meeting.

"They ignored the fact that these leaders played a key role in making the day a success, including mobilising residents to attend," said Atwoli.

He added: "When national events are held in other counties, local leaders are allowed to address the people. Why was it different in Kakamega?"

Only governor, Wycliffe Oparanya, had a chance to address the meeting.

Other political heavies present ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka.

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Former senator Boni Khalwale said Oparanya did not speak for the people but as the host. "Either Mudavadi or I should have been allowed to speak but they pretended the region does not have leaders," he said

Lugari MP Ayub Savula said: "It was unfair for the Government to bring the function here then lock us out of the programme."

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