Garsen MP Ali Wario Guyo and his Galole MP Hiribae Said Buya have been reported missing after their motorboat failed to return from a food distribution exercise in Tana Delta Sub-County on Saturday, December 2, 2023.
The two legislators, along with their team, departed from Garsen Town to distribute food aid to flood victims in remote areas of the sub-county.
Despite expectations of their boat returning by evening, it has not been seen since.
GARSEN MP Ali Wario and Galole counterpart Hiribae Said Buya reported missing after leaving for food distribution on a motorboat in Tana Delta Sub-County. pic.twitter.com/OhGf6N2QfQ
— Nation Africa (@NationAfrica) December 2, 2023
Rescue teams are actively searching for the missing boat and its occupants, but the operation is facing challenges due to adverse weather conditions.
The disappearance of the two MPs has sparked widespread concern among Tana Delta County residents. Both Ali Wario Guyo and Hiribae Said Buya are esteemed figures, and their absence has created a leadership vacuum in the region.
Ali Wario Guyo, a member of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, has served as the MP for Garsen since 2017.
He is a vocal advocate for the rights of marginalized communities and has played a pivotal role in providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters.
Hiribae Said Buya, an independent MP, has represented the Galole constituency since 2013. Respected as an elder in his community, he is known for his wisdom and diplomacy.
The disappearance of the two MPs is a significant loss for Tana Delta County, as they were dedicated public servants committed to serving their constituents.
Video of Ali Wario Guyo Asking for Help
As this situation continues to unfold, a video has emerged of Ali Wario Guyo in a boat in the dark, pleading for help.
The video shows Guyo visibly shaken and disoriented, saying that he does not know where they are and asking for help to be found.
Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has been criticized for his handling of the flood situation in North Eastern Kenya.
Some critics have accused him of ignoring the plight of the region’s residents, and the disappearance of the Garsen and Galole MPs has only served to intensify the criticism of Murkomen.
This incident highlights the urgent need for Murkomen to heed the calls from North Eastern leaders to visit the region and see firsthand the havoc being caused by floods.
His inaction has put the lives of these two MPs and their team at risk.
In a recent tweet, Murkomen was quoted as having been told by a North Eastern leader “awache PR na aende ground ajionee how floods are causing havoc.”
The tweet went on to say that Murkomen had not heeded to the advice.
CS Murkomen was told the other day by some North Eastern leader that awache PR na aende ground ajionee how floods are causing havoc but he didn’t heed to that. Almost all major roads in Tana Delta are impassable.
Ona sasa Garsen MP Ali Wario and Galole counterpart Hiribae Said…
— M O I B E N S H I R E (@Kapyoseiin) December 2, 2023
Our plea to CS Murkomen is for him take immediate action to address the flood situation in Northern Kenya as the lives of thousands of people are at stake.
He must also work to improve communication with the region’s residents so that they feel heard and understood.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they become available.
Stay tuned for the latest developments.