Politicians have been urged to shun divisive politics that has become common in Bungoma county recently. Speaking in Webuye, the Bungoma national youth council chairman Mr. Moses Wanyama Nyaranga faulted the public disagreements witnessed at the burial of the former chairperson of the Bungoma Maendeleo ya Wanawake at Syombe village in Bumula, where factions supporting Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and Senator Moses Wetangula clashed and interrupted funeral proceedings.
Chaos started when an MCA accused the Bungoma County government of swindling funds meant for Covid-19 allocated by the national government. When the Deputy Governor Charles Ngome stood to address those present he faulted Senator Wetangula for causing the disturbance and interfering with the funeral, prompting youths from both camps to start fighting. Wanyama said the chaos was uncalled for, given that there are serious issues facing the County, “We have the big problem, the Covid-19 pandemic. Our road network is also poor, mothers still don’t have access to water and these are some of the issues that should be addressed by our leaders who were mandated to do so,” he stated, “It’s funny seeing them fighting over who calls the shots.”
He asked them to respect each other and stop politicking in funerals, when the bereaved families need encouragement. He further urged them not to use youths to do their bidding and instead create programmes that will enable them to put food on the table. He said the County commissioner should ensure the culprit is brought to book, noting that if the trend is encouraged, tension will be created ahead of the 2022 general election.