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July 18, 2018

Ngelani assistant chief an alcoholic who needs rehab, not sacking - MCA

Muthwani MCA George King'ori addresses the public at a meeting outside the Ngelani assistant chief's office in Mavoko, Machakos county, January 11, 2018. /George Owiti
Muthwani MCA George King'ori addresses the public at a meeting outside the Ngelani assistant chief's office in Mavoko, Machakos county, January 11, 2018. /George Owiti

Muthwani MCA George King’ori has broken the silence after an assistant chief shouted him down during a public meeting.

King’ori remained quiet as the drunk and disorderly Ngelani assistant chief, John Matheka, attempted to disrupt his meeting on Thursday.

"He needs forgiveness," he said by phone on Saturday, noting the administrator has a family and other dependants. "He needs to retire to allow the family to enjoy the benefits."

Matheka was ejected from the meeting after shouting at the chief while he responded to residents' concerns.

King’ori called the meeting outside the assistant chief’s office at Ngelani shopping centre, to listen to the people's grievances and development concerns.

Read: Ngelani residents frogmarch assistant chief for being drunk, disorderly

The residents frogmarched the assistant chief from the gatherig and called for his immediate resignation.

But the ward representative said it would be inhumane to fire the administrator and that "he should be pardoned until his term ends".

King'ori said he was not offended by the chief's misconduct since he is a known drunkard. He recommended rehabilitation once Mitheka's term ends.

"It would be dangerous to sack the helpless man and let the community deal with him."

Some women described the assistant chief as a disgrace to Ngelani and a bad example to youths who had become addicts.

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