Embu county Residents demonstration took place Monday, January 23, 2017.
This happened as a result of President Uhuru Kenyatta not including parts of the sub-county as places to visit during his tour on Wednesday.
Some of the residents of the county took to the streets in an attempt to woo President Uhuru for a visit to the county. Yet it was a peaceful demonstration led by area parliamentary aspirant Kamau Nyutu, the protestors said the President was free to visit any part of the country and launch development projects.
Nyutu said failure by Uhuru to visit could make the area lag behind in voter registration. He also expressed concern the area could fall back into Opposition, having recorded 9,000 votes for Cord presidential candidate Raila Odinga in 2013.
Police on Monday dispersed residents of Makutano market, Mbeere South, who were demanding that President Uhuru Kenyatta tours all parts of the constituency.
The protesters were carrying placards castigating their local leaders demanding that President Uhuru should visit before the Police led by Makutano OCS Francis Bundi, on the basis that the demonstration was not authorized.
The police ordered the hundreds of residents, mainly boda-boda riders and the local business community, to disperse since they had not notified the police.
“A demonstration must me authorized by the police so that we can give security.”
During the Embu county residents demonstration, Joseph Mayoka – who lives in the area – confirmed to reporters that they are demonstrating in view of making sure Jubilee party is well marketed in the area and that the situation may not improve if President Uhuru fails to visit the county.
Joseph went further to say that the Embu county has suffered greatly and they really want the head of state to come and address some of the issues that they are currently facing especially the Mwea settlement scheme issues. And they believed that the president will solve most of their issues if he toured the area.