The Daily nation reports that Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala had a direct phonecall conversation with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, August 8, as he led protests in the county. Those of us who are political thinkers from the region read mischief in the whole episode.
We have seen this before. We saw a senator use direct street phone calls put on speaker to predsident Uhuru Kenyatta to undermine his governor in Nairobi. It worked those days. We doubt if it can work today.
In the phonecall with Uhuru, Malala exposed misappropriation of funds by the county government noting that he had no problem with Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.
“We do not have any problem with Kagwe’s function, the people are just agitated against the governor, you gave Kakamega Ksh262 million but nothing is being done, Malala is heard telling the president.
“As we speak the isolation centre has no ICU machine, yesterday night they took one ICU machine from the wards and installed it in the isolation centre so that when Kagwe comes today, he will see there is something,” noted Malala.
Malala claimed that residents were being fooled adding there was little to show for the the Ksh105 million appropriated in the supplementary budget.
The protest were triggered by the demolition of kiosks constructed along a road leading to the Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital where CS Kagwe was expected to make his daily briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Malala told Uhuru that all the protesters were asking for was for Governor Oparanya to address all the issues affecting the county.
The Senator added that they would respect the government but would want it to be known that the county is not adequately prepared to battle Covid-19.
“Of course, we will respect the government but what we want is, we have got local issues which Governor Oparanya must be told and also the world to know that Kakamega is not prepared,” added Malala.
The protests disrupted activities at the Kakamega County headquarters as Governor Wycliffe Oparanya was preparing to receive Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and his Devolution counterpart Eugene Wamalwa.
County enforcement officials swung into action and managed to clear the protesters from the main gate.
These kind of stunts and street phone calls to President Uhuru Kenyatta we have seen before. The embattaled Nairobi governor Sonko used such tactics to impress the electorate when he was senator for Nairobi that earned him a ticket to be governor. Those stunts never saved him when his time to go came. Malala having been a drama teacher, should not use those drama skills to impress us to vote for him as governor in 2022. Let him deliver resources from the Senate to kakamega.