Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Interior Principal Secretary Dr Karanja Kiricho on Sunday 17th October 2021 clashed over the Mashujaa Day Celebrations plan that is set to take place in Kirinyaga County.
They clashed during a leaders peace meeting that was held at the Ndindiruku village in Kirinyaga where Dr Kibicho told governor Waiguru to stop dragging politics into the National event is set for Wednesday 20th October 2021.
Earlier the Kirinyaga governor threatened to boycott the ceremony claiming that she was being sidelined in all the preparations yet she was the governor of the area.
“I have no say at all as the host. They said the county commissioner is the one running the show.” She said
Ps Kibicho dismissed her claims saying that they created a Whatsapp Group where all the leaders were asked to nominate five people they wanted to participate in the Mashujaa Day preparations and the governor was fully involved.
“We even have a WhatsApp group forum where we exchange views on the preparation of the fete where the county is represented by ten officials. The issue of sidelining the governor should not arise,” he said
“Mashujaa Day is for the whole country and Kirinyaga is just a host. The county is not supposed to organize such an event and she should know that,” He added
“We should be peaceful and allow the President to address the nation. Once the celebrations are over, we can face off after the President leaves,” Kibichu concluded.
Last week,Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and the County Women Rep Wangui Ngirici had an altercation over billboards erection in Kirinyaga County that led to both their billboards being brought down.
Speaking to the press last week he said that the preparations of the Wanguru Stadium were 95% complete and that only two billboards would be erected.That is billboards for President Uhuru Kenyatta and for Governor Waiguru which will be erected across the roads and other strategic places within the county.
“The County Commissioner’s residence in Kirinyaga County is now complete. It’ll be part of the State Lodge in Kerugoya Town. We’ve also delivered Phase I of the Kirinyaga Central Sub-county Police Station ahead of Mashujaa Day celebrations next week,” he said.
He added that the Mashujaa Day celebrations will not be held at the County level and that only one celebration will be held in Kirinyaga County as only 2000 people will be allowed to be in the stadium, this is in line with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Covid is still here with us, and in a bid to reduce the infection rate, we have to adhere to all government protocols. As a result, a majority of Kenyans will follow the live proceedings through various broadcast mediums from the comfort of their homes,” he said in a statement.
Isaac Mwaura makes senate comeback after court ruling
Mwaura had lost his seat as a nominated senator after the ruling party expunged his name from the party membership list.
However, Mwaura moved to the High Court where he secured a favorable ruling.
“The High Court having quashed Gazette notice number 4597 by the Speaker of the Senate that declared a vacancy of a member elected through a party list, thereby removing senator (Dr) Isaac Mwaura as a senator,” Lusaka said.
Mwaura was escorted to the chamber by Deputy President William Ruto’s allies.
They were Naomi Waqo (nominated), Falhada Iman (nominated), and Christopher Langat (Bomet).
The tribunal, he said, made a mistake when it held that the party was justified to discipline Mwaura.
The court subsequently set aside the decision of the Tribunal and substituted it with an order allowing Mwaura’s complaint.
The National Disciplinary Committee after hearing the parties resolved to have Mwaura suspended for six months from the party’s membership.
Ngirici opens up on her deteriorating relationship with Ruto
The entry of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru into the United Democratic Alliance(UDA) has created a rift between the party and Kirinyaga Women Rep Purity Ngirici.
Thursday, November 25, Ngirici expressed regret for funding UDA to the tune of millions.
Kirinyaga Women Rep Purity Ngirici regrets that despite all the sacrifices, the party seemed to support her rival Governor Waiguru.
“I don’t even want to remember how much I have used to build the UDA party in Kirinyaga from scratch, but I’m young in politics and still learning,” Ngirici stated.
Waiguru’s defection to the UDA party, in Ngirici’s opinion, has ‘opened her eyes.’
“I popularised UDA Party in Kirinyaga County. I convinced my people that UDA was the political outfit to join, and that Ruto was the man best-suited to take over from [President] Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
I also made them see the gaps in BBI, which was being championed by the President’s team,” she said.
“During that time, Waiguru was on the other side opposing Ruto, claiming that the DP had rented members of the Kikuyu community.
She was also at the forefront popularising BBI across Kenya,” said Ngirici.
She expressed confidence that her supporters will follow her, regardless of the party she will be vying on.
Governors And Cabinet Secretaries Skip Ruto Meeting
Deputy President William Ruto held a meeting of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) which was attended by nine governors, one Cabinet Secretary, and Two Principal Secretaries.
The meeting was held on Monday, November 22 where DP Ruto has invited five Cabinet secretaries and the Council of Governors.
Unfortunately, only Devolution CS Charles Keter showed up from Cabinet.
County chiefs were represented by Council of Governors Chairman and Embu Governor Martin Wambora, Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Prof Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu).
Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Josphat Nanok (Turkana), Prof Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), and Dr. Barchok Hillary (Bomet).
Controller of Budget Dr. Margaret Nyakang’o, Chairperson of the Commission for Revenue Allocation Dr. Jane Kiringai, PS Treasury Dr. Julius Muia, PS Devolution Julius Korir, and County Executive Committee Members were also in attendance.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, the ODM’s Deputy Party Leader, had previously indicated that he would not attend the meeting, citing Ruto and Raila’s animosity.
“I will not be present…The battle lines have been set, and each person must stay in their designated lane. Raila Odinga has my complete support,” he said in a November 14 interview.
The first county to do so since devolution began when the council approved Laikipia County’s request to borrow nearly Sh1 billion from the international market.
The meeting also approved a Sh370 billion allocation to counties.
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