Lamu, KENYA: Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa has said he will defend his seat come 2017 this follows a recent incident where he was forced to cut short his speech after being booed down by locals.
This was during the first lady Margaret Kenyatta’s visit to donate a mobile health clinic in her Beyond Zero initiative in the county.
Speaking on Thursday,Ndegwa said he was confident that his people still adored him and insisted that the incident was stage-managed by his political rivals who want to unseat him in 2017.
He accused top county leaders of being behind the embarrassing incident and said there was need for politicians to desist from injecting hostile mindsets to the locals.
“I now know that there are people willing to go to extreme levels in the name of politics, I shall not join them in such.I will still defend my position and anyone interested in ousting me should wait till 2017,”said Ndegwa.
Critics say the treatment the MP got was as a result of his recent remarks where he called for investigation and repatriation of herders in Lamu saying they posed a security threat.
Locals now say they will never allow the MP to address any given gathering in the respective herder areas until he apologizes over the remarks.
“That shall continue to be the case until the MP says he is sorry then we will wait for 2017 and throw him out.We don’t want partisan and divisive leaders,”said Athman Shariff,a herder from Mokowe.