County assembly stops activities to enable MCAs participate in demonstrations

Siaya county assembly has adjourned indefinitely to enable members of the county assembly participate in street demonstrations against the independent electoral and boundaries commission.

Following the adjournment, the staff of the assembly will also not be under obligation to report for duty, the speaker, George Okode has said.

Okode said the staff that feels like reporting for work will be allowed to, but those who do not will not be disciplined.

The staff is advised not to report for duty if they feel insecure,said the county speaker who addressed the media in his office.

He said that effective this week, the demonstrations in Siaya County will be decentralized, with each sub county hosting the protesters.

He said the demonstrations will be held in Ugunja and Ugenya sub counties on Tuesdays, Wednesdays will be Gem Sub County’s turn to host the protests while Thursdays and Fridays will be Bondo and Rarieda sub counties’ respectively. The county headquarters, Siaya town will be hosting the Monday event.

The speaker said that as the political leaders, they were committed to ensuring that the dreams of NASA leader, Raila Odinga were realised.

Speaking, Central Alego member of the county assembly, Leonard Oriaro said they will ensure the demonstrations were held until the opposition demands are met.

Other MCAs who attended the media briefing were Peter Omondi (Ukwala), Joannes Andiego (Central Sakwa) and Oduor Odongo(West Ugenya).

Meanwhile the street demonstrations ended without an incident in Siaya, despite cracks emerging among organizers.

The demonstrations that drew several members of the county assembly saw the protesters burn tyres along the streets, as a handful others tried to provoke the policemen guarding the county commissioner’s office by throwing stones.

The officers however did not bother with them and after close to two hours, they dispersed.

Source: Kenya News Agency