By J Mamboleo via FB
I have watched and re-watched the clips of the speeches of our leaders from Nyamira County when the President paid us a visit last week. One of the biggest features of the trip was the booing and heckling that deafened our visitors to their utter consternation.
The planning of the visit was wrong. The trip ended looking more like an ambush of the County than a development trip. I don’t blame the Presidency for it. I blame our leaders. Those closest to the trip’s organization wanted to ambush their opponents and use it to profile themselves probably for Jubilee party tickets, which may not be a problem. The problem is that the County lost an opportunity to gain from the President’s visit like other counties have done.
The said leaders mobilized their supporters who were in time to thoroughly humiliate, embarrass and ridicule their opponents in front of the President’s entourage. That’s not leadership, its not popularity, its hooliganism, its cowardice. The President’s party has a good standing in Nyamira County and the President should be advised to avoid the company of those leaders.
The only feature to remember about one MP for one of the constituencies in Nyamira County, when he was called upon to address the President in one of the stops is that he thanked the President for visiting and said, in loose translation, that “we Nyamira people are okey!”
I really need someone who knows Nyamira County to confirm that we are actually well – that we don’t need help. Not with our tea, coffee, infrastructure, health institutions other than Nyamira Level V Hospital (which is itself a misrepresentation, otherwise why do our people have to keep shuttling to Christa Marianne hospital in Kisii town, Tenwek in Bomet County, Getembe hospital, Aga Khan in Kisumu, all private hospitals at great expense?) our education other than Ekerubo gie Etai which is not even a millionth of our education in tray, unemployment etc. In respect of other Counties, the President normally holds a leaders’ visit before the trip, not after.
Your excellency, we await your substantive visit to Nyamira County, we thank you for your reconnaissance trip.