George Natembeya Speaks after Clash with Wetang’ula at Funeral,” My Trousers was Torn “

Trans Nzoia County Governor, George Natembeya, has strongly condemned the unfortunate incidents that marred a funeral gathering in Kwanza on Friday, March 22.

The ceremony, which was intended to bid farewell to former Nominated MCA Philip Nyongesa in Goseta, was attended by various dignitaries, including National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula and Governor Natembeya himself.

However, tensions escalated when supporters of both Wetang’ula and Natembeya clashed, resulting in a chaotic and tumultuous situation. Law enforcement officers had to intervene, resorting to the use of tear gas to restore order.

Addressing the media later at his office, Governor Natembeya attributed the clashes to what he perceived as his commitment to advocating for Western Kenya’s representation in national leadership. He has been vocal in challenging Wetang’ula’s prominence in the region, drawing parallels with historical figures like the late Masinde Muliro and Kijana Wamalwa.

Natembeya recounted being caught in the midst of the chaos, even sustaining torn clothing. He expressed his dismay at the disruption of a solemn event like a funeral, emphasizing the need for peace and condemning the use of violence for political ends. He particularly criticized the practice within certain political factions, citing instances of individuals carrying weapons to funerals.

The Governor reaffirmed his dedication to uniting Western Kenya’s counties to demand equitable treatment from the national government.

In response, Moses Wetang’ula pointed fingers at Natembeya, accusing him of orchestrating the clashes. He lamented the disruption of the burial ceremony, emphasizing the need for authorities to take decisive action against political intolerance and violence.

Wetang’ula urged against the manipulation of youth by political leaders to incite disorder and called for accountability, regardless of one’s position in society.

The incident underscores the challenges of political rivalries and the imperative of maintaining civility and respect, especially in sensitive environments like funerals. Both leaders have called for restraint and adherence to the rule of law in addressing such disputes.