Two legislators from Murang’a have defended themselves after conspicuously missing out in a meeting held by a section of cabinet secretaries and elected leaders from the county.
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro and his Kandara counterpart Alice Wahome have said they did not receive any form of invitation to the meeting which was chaired by Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiangi to deliberate on a development roadmap for the county.
The two who jointly inspected projects in their constituencies on Friday as the meeting was going on at KICD in Nairobi, told members of the press that they learnt about the meeting on social media.
Wahome took a swipe at Matiangi for failing to invite them wondering why he did so.
“Channels of inviting members of parliament are very clear. I confirm that I was not invited and just learnt about it in the media,” she said.
She termed the meeting as a public relation gimmick as there was nothing like a development road map at this time when the budget has already been made.
Wahome said money for development is deliberated during the budget process saying the meeting had nothing to do with development as the participants tried to imply.
“If there was no need for us to be in the meeting it’s okay, we presented our development projections during the budget making process and so I don’t see why we have a meeting when 2020/2021 budget has already been read,” observed Wahome.
The ardent supporter of Deputy President William Ruto further noted that she will continue to push for all listed development projects in her constituency to be implemented fully as people of Kandara want better services from the government.
Wahome hoped the needs for Murang’a people were well represented in the meeting which was also attended by CSs James Macharia (roads), Sicily Kairuki (Water), Mutahi Kagwe (Health) and Charles Keter (Energy).
Elected leaders led by governor Mwangi wa Iria and county women representative Sabina Chege also attended the consultative meeting.
On his part, Ndindi alluded that there is a scheme to have areas whose leaders are not supporting a particular political wing left out in terms of development.
“As a leader elected by the people of Kiharu, my work is to ensure the electorate gets development. Tax payers have a right to get development without discrimination,” said Ndindi.
He continued: “I just learnt about the meeting that was convened in Nairobi about development. I will not complain as I was not part of the meeting. The development for Kiharu was factored in the budget and not through meetings.”
He said they will not be shaken by being left out in the meeting stating that he will continue pushing for better service delivery for his electorate.
The two lawmakers said the executive should ensure every part of the country, political alignments notwithstanding get development.
By Bernard Munyao