Kieleweke, Tangatanga Factions Clash At Murang’a Burial Again

There was chaos in Murang’a county after the Kieleweke and Tangatanga factions sought to settle scores at a burial.

The Kieleweke team is pro-handshake while the Tangatanga side is in support of Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid in 2022.

First to take the podium was Kangema MP Muturi Kigano who attended the mass burial of five family members – a man and his wife, their child and a nephew and the man’s sister – who died in a road accident at Kwangolia area on Wote-Machakos road on September 12.

In his address, Kigano warned those politicking as President Uhuru Kenyatta tries to build his legacy before his tenure is over.

“There are people telling us they are political geniuses and offering us guidance on where to belong politically. [They should know] we are educated and that after we are through supporting the President as he completes his tenure, we will converge in a political platform and decide on where to cast our votes,” he said.

He later invited Kiharu Member Of parliament Ndindi Nyoro, a supporter of the DP to speak to the people.

It is when Nyoro was interrupted by former Councillor and Governor Mwangi wa Iria’s aide Alex Mbote that things quickly went south.

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Alex Mbote At The Mass Burial Held In Murang’a On September 25. [Courtesy]
Before Nyoro uttered a word, Mbote shouted that he (Nyoro) must apologize for utterances against those who support the handshake.

“You and your political master have been abusing us with impunity so today, right here you must say ‘sorry’.” Mbote shouted.

Things took a turn when Mbote charged towards the Kiharu MP forcing the crowd to take sides.

What followed was an exchange of fists prompting security officers to intervene.

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Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro At A Burial In Murang’a. [Courtesy]
Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege and area senator Irungu Kang’ata tried to restore calm in vain.

Last week, there were similar events when Kigano visited the bereaved family to present donations from the president.


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