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Leave Waiguru alone- former civic leader tell MCAs

The  former  Kirinyaga County Council Chairman, Jeremiah  Gateri defending Governor Anne Waiguru from attacks on Saturday July 18, 2020. Photo by Irungu Mwangi/KNA.
The former nominated MCA, Catherine Maribe addressed the media at a Sagana hotel where she was among leaders who defended Governor Anne Waiguru over a move by local MCAs to send her home on Saturday July 18, 2020. Photo by Irungu Mwangi/KNA.

A  section of former Civic leaders has asked the Kirinyaga County Assembly MCAs to leave Governor Anne Waiguru alone and let her complete her term.

The  former leaders said the MCAs were out of order to start collecting signatures to send Waiguru home.

“We are concerned that even before what the Senate recommended after the abortive impeachment of our governor was implemented, the MCAs are at it again, this time seeking to obtain signatures from the locals to have county dissolved,” said Jeremiah Gateri.

Gateri  who is a former Chairman of the now defunct Kirinyaga County Council reminded the MCAs that the Senate had recommended that the DCI should launch investigations to establish if there were officers in the county linked to the alleged theft of public funds.

“But even before this happened, we are now hearing these MCAs are collecting signatures to have the county government dissolved and send Waiguru home,” “he said.

Speaking  at a Sagana hotel during a hastily convened press conference on Saturday, Gateri pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to ignore the moves the MCAs were making against the governor.

Others at the press conference were former Sagana Town Council Chairman, Jeremiah Makumi, former Kirinyaga County Civic leaders, Michael Ndege  and Geoffrey Murimi.

Also present was a former nominated Civic leader for the Kerugoya-Kutus municipal council (now defunct) Catherine Maribe.

The leaders further lauded Waiguru’s development achievements, citing the ongoing modern five storied Kerugoya referral hospital in readiness for elevating into a level five status facility.

Also cited was the ongoing construction of the multi-billion Thiba dam whose completions are expected next year and which will enable Mwea rice farmers to grow two crops per year.

The leaders said the MCAs should have opted for dialogue having failed to have the governor impeached as charged at the Senate.

“Why can’t there be an intermediary between the MCAs and the governor since we are not short of such persons in this county?” Posed Makumi.

Already most services are grounded to a halt in the county over a budget standoff between the MCAs and the governor.

“We are concerned about Wanjiku of Kirinyaga and these MCAs calling for the dissolution of the County should know we are aware they have the ability to take their families to private hospitals, what will happen to the common person who is not able to afford such services?” Makumi said

He said it is a fact that the leader of Majority, Kamau Murango has his abode in Mombasa where he can escape to in the event the county is dissolved

“We are speaking on behalf of Kirinyaga residents who are opposed to the dissolution of the County and these errant MCAs should know that,” the elders said

By  Irungu Mwangi

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