- Speaker Kiusya said such actions not only undermine the principles of democracy and values that form the bedrock of societies but also pose a threat to the rule of law.
- The speaker, an advocate by profession, said they as the people’s representatives remain committed to fostering an environment where open dialogue.
Machakos County Assembly Speaker Anne Kiusya has condemned the alleged physical assault of an MCA by county askaris.
Kiusya said such actions not only undermine the principles of democracy and values that form the bedrock of societies but also pose a threat to the rule of law.
“My attention has been drawn to the various media reports highlighting the physical assault of Honourable Boniface Maeke, MCA Kalama Ward, by County enforcement officers outside Machakos Law courts," Kiusya stated in a press statement circulated to newsrooms on Thursday.
“As the head of the legislative body representing the people of Machakos County, I express my deep concern and condemnation regarding the unfortunate incident that occurred.
“Equally, as the Vice Chairperson of the County Assemblies Forum, I urge all stakeholders, including the judiciary and relevant authorities, to take proactive measures to safeguard the well-being and rights of MCAs across the nation, fostering an environment where representatives of the people can fulfil their responsibilities without fear of physical harm or intimidation,” she added.
Kiusya said in retaliation for its commitment to upholding the principles of democracy and safeguarding the well-being of elected representatives, the County Assemblies Forum calls upon law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate this incident, holding those responsible accountable for their actions.
She said disagreements and disputes should be resolved through peaceful and lawful means, respecting the democratic process and the institutions that uphold it.
The speaker, an advocate by profession, said they as the people’s representatives remain committed to fostering an environment where open dialogue and constructive discourse prevails.
“We extend our solidarity and support to Maeke and his family during this challenging time. We trust that the authorities will take all necessary steps to guarantee the safety of our Members and the citizenry and prevent such incidents from occurring in the future,” Kiusya said.
"We remain steadfast in upholding the values of democracy, justice, and the rule of law and call upon all stakeholders, including the public, to unite in condemning acts of violence and promoting a culture of tolerance and respect within our democratic institutions."
Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti said she had directed the county secretary and Head of the public service to take administrative actions against the county askaris.
"I have learned with great consternation and concern the tribulations that some of our MCAs went through at the hands of county enforcement officers. I take great exception at the humiliating treatment meted out to the leaders," Ndeti said.
Ndeti reiterated her administration's commitment to adhere to the rule of law and respect the rights of all persons including leaders.
"I expect the county secretary and head of public service on the matter within seven days from now," Ndeti said.
She called on county enforcement officers to always adhere to the law and procedures and respect the rights of all county residents whenever they execute their duties.
"I further state that my admin won't condone any act of lawlessness perpetrated by County staff on residents whatsoever," Ndeti said.