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MP Onyonka vows to strip naked over ‘dusty’ road

By Erick Abuga | February 6th 2019
Kitutu Chache legislator Richard Onyonka.

Vocal Ford Kenya Deputy party Leader and Kitutu Chache legislator Richard Onyonka says he will strip naked if a contractor working on one of the major roads passing through his constituency will not be allowed back to work.

Onyonka led several demonstrators from his constituency to the Kisii County Commissioner Godfrey Kigochi’s office on Tuesday demanding to know why a Chinese contractor had abandoned his work.

“We cannot sleep in our houses because of the dust. My wife and children are both sick and I have lost my voice because of the dust emanating from the road,” said Onyonka.

He added: “We have sought an address from the County Commissioner and he has promised us that water will be sprinkled on the road in the next two days. We are not begging for such services. If he will not have fulfilled his promise within the agreed period I will strip naked.”

He said he was aware that President Uhuru Kenyatta was due to visit the region in the next one week.

“We don’t know what will happen but we are demanding that the right things be done. We are not of a lesser God. Those officers from the County Government who are harassing the contractor should keep off otherwise we will turn Kisii town into a mess that cannot be corrected,” he added.

The County commissioner; Kigochi assured locals that all will be well and that the matter was being handled by the authorities.

“We have held meetings with the involved parties and we are confident that something will be done to reduce the amount of dust in that area,” he said.

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A week ago, County Government Officials beat up and arrested a number of workers working on the Kisii-Ahero road after which the Chinese Contractor relocated form the site citing harassment.

Since then a number of locals living along the corridor have been left inhaling dust. Most tenants have been forced to move away from the houses with boda boda operators vowing never to pay tax until the contractor gets back.

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