Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya was on Friday afternoon booed by his area residents while giving a speech at Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega.
Oparanya was addressing mourners at a memorial service of fourteen pupils who died during a stampede at Kakamega Primary School when they started jeering him off.
Opera News has since established through a video it has accessed that the crowd heckled him because of mentioning the late President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.
“Vile mnajua tumempoteza Rais wa pili ambaye alikuwa wa jamuhuri ya Kenya na tutakuwa tunaenda huko kuona mazishi yake itaenda namna gani(As you know we have lost the second President of the Republic of Kenya, we will be going there to oversee the funeral arrangements), ” he said.
However, as soon as he mentioned the late president’s name the crowd were already up in arms to jeer off the Kakamega Governor.
Earlier, Kenyans had taken to social media to express their anger and annoyance over the fact that Kenyan media stations were covering the death of the former head of state more than the Kakamega tragedy.
On Monday night, the tragic news that 14 children had died and 39 others injured in a Kakamega Primary School during a stampede shocked the nation.
However, before Kenyans could come to terms with the tragedy that had befallen their children, they woke up to the news that the former head of state President Daniel Arap Moi had passed away on Tuesday, February 4.
Kenyans nonetheless, were upset that the passing of 95-year-old Moi was dominating the airwaves and the Kakamega tragedy had taken a back-burner in the media.
Consequently, those looking for updates on the developing story of the Kakamega casualties expressed their anger at the lack of coverage by the media.
The Kakamega governor appearing unperturbed continued the speech saying that the county would oversee the burial arrangements of the families that had been affected.
“The death of 14 pupils in one of the top schools is a big blow to our county. Let me take this time again to send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved and Kakamega County. Out of its excellent performance, this school has brought together pupils from other counties too,” he stated.
Leaders present during the memorial service include; ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, Stephen Sang (Nandi), Mwangi wa Iria (Muranga), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Ali Roba (Mandera), Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion.