Jubilee MCAs in Kirinyaga receive letters as Tuju moves in to save Waiguru

By Githinji Mwangi On Fri, 3 Apr, 2020 16:08 | 2 mins read
The County Assembly of Kirinyaga had, on March 11, passed a motion compelling Waiguru to release the land-ownership document to KEMRI with immediate effect. [PHOTO | FILE]
The County Assembly of Kirinyaga had, on March 11, passed a motion compelling Waiguru to release the land-ownership document to KEMRI with immediate effect. [PHOTO | FILE]
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    Tuju is said to have threatened the Jubilee MCAs with unspecified disciplinary action should they support the Waiguru impeachment motion.

Jubilee Party MCAs in Kirinyaga have received letters from the political outfit’s Secretary-General, Raphael Tuju, asking them to drop their quest to impeach area Governor Anne Waiguru.

In the letters, Tuju says such a move will derail the Party’s political agenda.

The Sec-Gen. is said to have threatened the ward reps with unspecified disciplinary action should they throw their weight behind the impeachment motion.

In a letter dated April 2, and addressed to Jubilee Party MCAs in Kirinyaga, Tuju stated that the Party does not support, in any way, the Waiguru impeachment plot, and should, therefore, be extinguished as soon as possible.

Tuju said such a plan “derails the Party’s agenda both in the county and nationally”.

To show that the Party was angered by the MCAs’ decision to remove Waiguru from office, Tuju announced that Jubilee had depowered the Majority Leader in Kirinyaga County Assembly James Kamau Murango.

Tuju said Kamau was stripped of the position because of his support of the Waiguru impeachment plot.

The secretary-general termed as “frivolous” and “personal” the complaints lodged against Governor Waiguru.

To further scuttle the Waiguru impeachment impetus, Kirinyaga County Commissioner, Jim Njoka, wrote to the County Assembly Speaker, Anthony Gathumbi, directing him to discontinue any planned sessions, saying the National Government had banned public gatherings that attract more than ten people.

In a letter dated April 2, Njoka told the Speaker that he won’t allow the County Assembly to have more than ten MCAs during each session until the Government directive on public meetings is lifted.

Kirinyaga Woman Rep, Wangui Ngirici, who is a staunch critic of Governor Anne Waiguru, urged the MCAs to ignore Njoka’s “threats”, saying he had no powers to limit the number of ward reps attending sessions in the County Assembly.

Ngirici said she supports the Waiguru impeachment motion, and that Raphael Tuju should not flex his Party muscle on a legal process.

Ngirici made the remarks Friday at Wanguru Town in Mwea Constituency, where she had gone to distribute 400 hand-washing tanks.

On Wednesday, April 1, Mutira Ward MCA, David Kinyua Wangui, tabled before the County Assembly an impeachment motion against Governor Anne Waiguru.

Wangui said the County Assembly resolved to remove Waiguru from the office of the County Governor of Kirinyaga pursuant to Article 181 of the Constitution.

He said the governor grossly violated the Constitution of Kenya by failing to deliver the annual State of the County address to the County Assembly.

Waguru was also accused of violating Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act 2015 by usurping the powers of the Accounting Officer and establishing an irregular tender evaluation committee composed of her partisan staff namely Pauline Kamau and Wayne Gichira.

The two, Wangui said, take direct instructions from the governor and alternate as chairpersons of all major tender evaluation committees, which “award tenders to the governors preferred bidders”.

Wangui further accused the county boss of engaging in nepotism and favouritism in complete disregard of the provisions of the Law.

The MCA said the tender for upgrading Kagumo Market was awarded to Joames Investment Limited without following the due process but implemented by a different company, Master Rock Construction Company.

Waiguru was also accused of receiving allowances amounting to Ksh10 million for alleged foreign travel which she never undertook.

It is said Waiguru enjoys support of six MCAs, with 27 claimed to be against her.

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