Activities at the Kirinyaga County Roads and Infrastructure headquarters ground to a halt on Wednesday morning after 12 ward reps stormed the offices and barricaded the main gate with their vehicles.
Led by Mutira Ward Representative Kinyua Wangui, the MCAs accused Governor Anne Waiguru of failure to initiate development projects in their wards.
It took the intervention of Kirinyaga Central OCPD Doreen Oduol and Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Ndege to get the gates opened.
Worker’s at the busy department were shocked when they reported to work and found they couldn’t access their offices.
Speaking to the press, the ward representative claimed that the governor has refused to hold talks with them despite repeated attempts for a meeting.
“The governor has flatly refused to meet elected MCAs. She has even chased an elected leader from her office. Enough is enough, we must get value for our money,” said Mr Kinyua.
Kabare Ward MCA, John Chomba, said he was called a stupid person when he went to call for grading of a road to make it accessible by pupils as they sat their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams.
Another MCA, Tebere Ward’s Gurdison Muchina, claimed that over 20 lorries and tractors that the county bought two years are lying idle at the Road ministry’s headquarters.
“We want to know, where does the money to service the lorries and tractors go since we can see almost all machineries bought the other day are lying at the yard,” said one of the MCAs.
The ward reps accused Ms Waiguru of favouring three of their colleagues based on personal friendship.
“We were allocated Sh15 million per ward in the last two years, but we can’t see where the money went to. We believe the money was diverted to non-existent projects since on the ground no single project can be seen,” said an MCA.
The deputy county commissioner promised to raise the ward representatives’ concerns with the governor on their behalf.
“What I have heard are legitimate grievances which need to be sorted out. I feel your pain,” Mr Ndege said.
Two factions have been fighting for control of the Kirinyaga County Assembly’s leadership for the last two years.