The burial of Ford Kenya leader Abel Makokha at Matunda village Kiminini Sub County was turned into a shouting match when two forces one led by Kiminini legislator Dr. Chris Wamalwa and the other led by Patrick Khaemba the Trans Nzoia governor, engaged each other in a shouting match for almost half an hour.
Trouble started when the Kiminini Mp Dr. Chris Wamalwa took to the podium and criticized governor Khaemba on what he termed rampant corruption that has taken toll in the county.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Wamalwa started his speech by thanking the fallen heroes including the late Masinde Muliro and Kijana Wamalwa and appealed to the late Abel Makokha to send his message to them and tell them that the Ford Kenya party is in good hands and to remind them that governor for Trans Nzoia county Patrick Khaemba has led the county down as there was rampant corruption eating into the counties resources.
The remarks angered a section of Khaemba’s supporters who started shouting at MP Chris Wamalwa while his supporters also countered those for governor Khaemba.
The event nearly degenerated into a fight save for the Ford Kenya’s party leader Moses Wetangula who didn’t stomach what he was seeing, moved from his seat from where he was seated and headed straight to the podium to address the public.
Wetangula who appeared infuriated addressed the public and ordered to restrain from making noise in the funeral and accord the fallen hero the respect he deserved.
When the crowd cooled down senator Wetangula took upon the task of introducing the next speakers and introduced Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli.
Atwoli on his part appealed to the Luhya nation to work in peace and avoid being used by politicians who are out to gain mileage in politics calling upon them to register in large numbers and use their big population to vote in leaders of their choice who will help them alleviate the highest poverty rate that was rampant in the nation.
The chairman for JAP party Dr. Noah Wekesa appealed to the churches to pray for the county and in particular governor Khaemba and appealed to residents to register as voters so that they vote in their preferred candidate.
Governor Khaemba on his part was short of words and called upon the residents to support his administrationsaying it has brought several developments in the county giving an example of title deeds.
He said he was not going to politic in the funeral and appealed to the old men to offer some counseling to politicians who keep on politicking at funerals terming the assertion by Mp Chris Wamalwa as misplaced.
Senator Wetangula, delved on the I.E.B.C issue where he said he has appointed senator for Kakamega Dr Bonny Khalwale and Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu to spearhead talks on how the commission will be sent packing and called upon the jubilee administration to work in solidarity with the selected personalities in the CORD coalition.
Other leaders at the function were Trans Nzoia county senator Henry Ole Ndiema, nominated senator Catherine Mukite, Kanu party secretary General Nick Salat, Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi among others.