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Governor Waiguru congratulates Koome

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru said she could see some light at the end of the tunnel where the country will have its first female president.

Waiguru said with Martha Koome having broken the glass ceiling upon being nominated the first woman Chief Justice since independence, anything else was possible.

“History is being made in our country as the process to have Parliament vet Justice Koome as the next and first woman Chief Justice kicked off after the Head of State forwarded her name to the August House and am sure she will successfully clear the only remaining huddle and get appointed to the high office,” the governor said.

Waiguru while congratulating Koome for her successful legal career and  subsequent nomination as the next Chief Justice said  the office she is due to assume was the third arm of the government.

“As you all know we have three arms of the government namely the Executive lead by the president, Legislature led by the Speaker and the Judiciary Koome is due to head and this for the women, is such an achievement, in our quest to attain the two-third gender rule,” she said.

Speaking at the Ngariama Anglican Church, in Gichugu Constituency yesterday evening, Waiguru said she was happy that Koome had reached that far and asked young girls to aspire to become the next occupants of the three arms of the government.

She said even the erratic two-thirds rule that parliament was yet to achieve, was possible now after Koome’s nomination as the next Chief Justice.

Waiguru who  spoke to the media  moments after launching phase two of the Wezesha Programme where she disbursed part of the  Sh 117 million meant for the purpose to various organized groups in the area.

Kirinyaga governor hands over a cheque to local MCAs for the empowerment of the local groups. Photo by Irungu Mwangi

The beneficiaries will also be supplied with 1200 chicks per group and feeds for the next six months until they reached the laying stage.

“This way, our people will have their livelihood guaranteed since they will only be required to take care of the chicks while the eggs will be collected and marketed by the county government through its Agriculture department,” she said.

In addition, others to benefit include community groups from Kabare, Karumandi, and Baragwe Wards, which received an average of 5 million per group.

She also enumerated the many development projects she had undertaken and completed since she assumed office in 2017 among them the ultra-modern Kerugoya Referral Hospital, which is due for completion soon.

The governor further took the opportunity to explain why the country hospitals were experiencing an acute shortage of drugs.

She blamed the recent strike of medics in the neighboring counties of Muranga, Nyeri, and Embu that led to an influx of patients from the area’s leading to the exhaustion of the drugs stock available.

Waiguru has however assured area residents some budgetary provisions for the purchase of the drugs was ready and by next weeks, supplies will resume in all the local health facilities.

By Irungu Mwangi

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