HISTORY

Kirinyaga MCA takes oath of office using sign language

Bundi who has hearing impairment is one out of the two MCAs nominated by the UDA party.

In Summary

• He however, is not new to politics having made a stab at the nomination for Karumandi ward in April but lost to the current MCA Carol Muriithi.

• Speaking to the Star after he was sworn in, Bundi exuded confidence in achieving his goals to aptly serve and represent persons living with disability across the county.

For a minute and some seconds, the Kirinyaga County Assembly remained silent as Harrison Kariuki Bundi took to the stand to take his oath of office. https://bit.ly/3UqqF9z

Kirinyaga nominated MCA Harrison Kariuki Bundi taking the oath of office on Wednesday at the county assembly chambers on September 21.
Kirinyaga nominated MCA Harrison Kariuki Bundi taking the oath of office on Wednesday at the county assembly chambers on September 21.
Image: WANGECHI WANG'ONDU

For a minute and some seconds, the Kirinyaga County Assembly remained silent as Harrison Kariuki Bundi took to the stand to take his oath of office.

The silence was because he was using sign language to take the oath of office as a representative of persons living with disabilities.

His message was then put across by his interpreter Abednego Kiptoo Ng'eno who was permitted to undertake the task at the floor of the house by the Clerk, Kamau Aidi.

Bundi who has hearing impairment is one out of the two MCAs nominated by the UDA party to the county assembly.

He, however, is not new to politics having made a stab at the nomination for Karumandi ward in April but lost to the current MCA Carol Muriithi.

Speaking to the Star after he was sworn in, Bundi exuded confidence in achieving his goals to aptly serve and represent persons living with disability across the county.

He said that he intends to champion the rights of all persons abled differently by ensuring inclusivity in the community as well as public and private facilities.

"I'm optimistic that my desire to see an inclusive community and equal, better service to all will be achieved. I intend to push such bills that will see to it that PWDs receive an opportunity to receive better services in both private and public sectors without discrimination," he said.

He added that he intends to push for the rights of the youths while ensuring that their plight and needs are promptly addressed.

Kirinyaga MCA Harrison Kariuki Bundi with his relatives shortly after the swearing in ceremony outside the Kirinyaga county assembly premises on September 21, 2022.
Kirinyaga MCA Harrison Kariuki Bundi with his relatives shortly after the swearing in ceremony outside the Kirinyaga county assembly premises on September 21, 2022.
Image: WANGECHI WANG'ONDU

His father James Bundi thanked the UDA party leadership for entrusting his son with a leadership role.

"We believe in his capacity to lead Kirinyaga to greater heights and we hope that the next five years, Kirinyaga will experience positive and vibrant change through his contribution," said his elated father.

The father narrated that they learnt of his hearing impairment when he was only three years old.

"We were advised by the medics to take him to a special school so that he could start learning how to communicate efficiently. When he hit a school-going age, we took him to Kerugoya school for the deaf."

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