Protesters disrupt business at the Lamu County Assembly

Protesters disrupt business at the Lamu County Assembly

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A county official tries to calm down the protesters. PHOTO: NATASHA NEMA.

Lamu, KENYA: Business at the Lamu County Assembly was on Tuesday interrupted severally after two different groups of demonstrators stormed the premises over an impeachment notice for Lands Executive Amina Rashid.

The first group of demonstrators in their hundreds from Manda Island marched to the assembly buildings in the morning to protest the impeachment notice requiring the ouster of Rashid from office on grounds of corruption and abuse of office.

The notice was presented in the house by majority leader Abdu Kassim who is also Hindi ward MCA last week.

Speaking in front of the assembly, the demonstrators said they had no faith in the assembly since it had failed in its mandate to protect the interests of the public and was instead pursuing motions that were of no benefit to the people.

They said they would not let the assembly impeach Rashid from office for no reason; arguing that the current allegations were baseless and mere politics.

“We demand to know why this assembly has been turned into a platform for frustrating people who have the interests of the locals at heart.We demand to know whether the notice will be withdrawn or not,”said Shebe Aboud.

They defended Rashid saying she was diligent and hardworking and that she should be allowed to serve the people.

They threatened to collect signatures of no confidence if the county assembly proceeds to discuss the motion.

“We shall collect signatures of no confidence with the county assembly if they proceed with the impeachment motion.What they want to do to Rashid is unfair,”said Hussein Mukhtar.

In the evening another group of protestors stormed the assembly grounds singing songs of praise and demanding that the impeachment motion goes through.

The protestors who carried placards written ‘Amina Aende’, ‘Tuna Imani na Bunge Letu demanded that the motion to impeach the executive member goes through.

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They said Rashid was the biggest hindrance to the many land squabbles and the ever growing number of squatters in Lamu.

The two groups were however calmed down by a county official who did not want his name disclosed and were instead asked to follow due procedure to express their grievances.

Meanwhile, the county assembly of Lamu is expected to discuss the impeachment notice of motion on Thursday this week.