Creation of Igambang'ombe Sub County is illegal, Chuka leaders protest in letter to CS Matiang'i

Maps of the Chuka-Igambang'ombe area. [PHOTOS: PHARES MUTEMBEI/STANDARD]
The leaders claimed some politicians were behind the push for the creation of the administrative and electoral area, which is yet to be gazetted.

Njuri Ncheke, youth and women leaders who gathered at Ndagani in Chuka petitioned Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to stop the creation of Igambang’ombe sub-county.

They said there was no public participation in the proposed splitting of Chuka-Igambang’ombe sub-county.

Create division

Under the aegis of Chuka Igambangómbe Development Association, the group said the creation of Igambang’ombe was done without adequate public participation and risks dividing the Chuka community.

Forum chairman Isaac Mugo said creation of the sub-county had the potential to cause animosity between Tharaka and Chuka sub-tribes in the area.

The leaders claimed politicians were backing the creation of the sub-county for selfish political gain.

“We are not against the creation of the sub-county... We are surprised and concerned that our Chuka Igambangómbe Constituency was secretly and illegally sub-divided into two (Chuka-Igambangómbe and Igambangómbe) without due diligence,” read the letter to Matiang’i and copied to IEBC and area MP, Patrick Munene.

Chuka South

Mugo said the creation of Igambang’ombe sub-county contravened the Constitution, the County Government Act, 2012, and the Urban Areas and Cities Act 2011 which require public participation.

Njuri Ncheke elders Eustace Mutu and Gerrishon Kabiti said Chuka residents wanted a new sub-county called Chuka South.

“Barazas should have been held in all sub locations to get views of residents,” said Mugo.

The leaders said the new Igambang’ombe sub-county was created illegally by politicians keen to divide the Chuka sub tribe which boasts of a larger vote block.

This, Mr Kabiti said, has the potential to cause friction between the Chuka sub-tribe and the Tharaka members in Igambang’ombe.

The new boundary, he added, had “eaten” a large chunk of Chuka sub-tribe.

“We are fully aware that the politicians are going behind our back as they seek gazettement of Igambang’ombe sub-county. Our humble request is the Government stop splitting Chuka sub-tribe in what is a sinister political design to scatter them in different administrative structures.”

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