Kakamega senator Cleopas Malala made a direct phone call to President Uhuru Kenyatta as he led protests in the county.
Malala was complaining of the individuals misappropriating covid-19 funds in the county. He went ahead to reassure Uhuru that residents have no problem with the government.
The senator also quoted the millions of money the Kakamega county had received. However, according to him, the funds did not do what they were supposed to do.
“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 further complained that Kakamega’s isolation center ICU does not have an ICU machine. He explained that they had taken one from one of the wards and installed it in the isolation center.
“As we speak, the isolation center has no ICU machine, yesterday night they took one ICU machine from the wards and installed it in the isolation center so that when Kagwe comes today, he will see there is something,” he complained.
In preparation for health CS KAgwe’s visit, government officials demolished some kiosks leading up to the hospital. These demolitions sparked the protests with residents holding the demonstration.
Malala complained to the president that the county had internal issues. According to him, Kakamega residents only want their governor Oparanya to explain to them what is going on.
He went on to claim that governor Oparanya did not want to address the issues at hand despite the many health problems at the county.
“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.”
These protests disrupted activities at the Kakamega Teaching and Referral Hospital, where CS Kagwe was to make the daily briefing. However, the police managed to disperse the crowds.