Burial Turns Chaotic as Oparanya Fights MCA

A burial in Matungu, Kakamega county, on Saturday turned chaotic after Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Mahiakalo MCA Cleophas Malala fought.

Malala, who is aspiring to be Kakamega senator, took to the podium after ODM party national youth chairman and three other MCAs had spoken during the burial of Peter Posho, father of Kakamega ODM party secretary Paul Posho.

Malala asked county leaders and officials to take seriously the implementation of devolution so citizens can benefit.

He asked Oparanya to explain why Kakamega Finance executive Paul Otsola is still in office “even after he was adversely mentioned in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s list of shame and subsequently asked by the county assembly to step aside following the Sh200 million irregularly given to Mumias Sugar Company by the county government”.

Malala told Oparanya to respect the assembly’s resolutions and the will of the people.

He asked the governor to deal firmly with corrupt officials in his government.

Malala condemned the construction of a cane weighbridge in Butere, saying it was permitted by the county government.

He said the miller from Kisumu which constructed the weighbridge is using cane meant for Mumias and crippling Mumias Sugar operations.

“I urge the governor to join in fighting graft and promote local industries,” Malala said.

Oparanya, who was seated next to Cord leader Raila Odinga, then marched to the podium where he engaged Malala and struggled for the microphone before they went physical.

Oparanya’s supporters joined in the scuffle, prompting Malala to take to his heels to seek for safety.

It took police and other leaders 30 minutes to calm down mourners, who had turned against the governor and were saying the MCA was articulating issues that affect sugarcane farmers.

Malala’s supporters charged towards the VIP’s tent where Oparanya and other leaders were seated but were restrained by security agencies.

The bereaved Paul Posho and ODM youth leader Rashid Mohammed calmed the mourners and the burial proceeded.

Senator Bonny Khalwale defended Malala, saying he was playing his oversight role and it was wrong for the governor to attack him.

Oparanya was heckled when he addressed the mourners and was forced to cut short his speech.

He accused Khalwale of financing the youth who were heckling him.