Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru has finally eaten the humble pie and pleaded with MCAs to spare her the ouster motion. The governor who had taken a hardline stance and dismissed the MCAs’ motion as petty and driven by malice, has now realised the lawmakers mean business and can send her home to roast potatoes. Speaking at Kiaumbui Primary School grounds where she distributed an assortment of foodstuff, sanitisers and washing soaps, the governor also cautioned those salivating at her seat to wait for 2022 polls. Among those eyeing the seat include Internal principal secretary Karanja Kibicho and area woman representative Purity Ngirici. Waiguru has also started wooing MCAs and those now on her side include Njukiine ward’s Fredrick Bundi who used the occasion to urge his colleagues to drop the impeding impeachment to enable the governor complete her development agenda. Other MCAs on the governor’s side include Antony Munene (Karumandi), Patrick Chomba (Kabare) and Beatrice Mitaru, Maurine Muthoni, Kefa Kariuki and Lucy Njeri (all nominated).
Waiguru’s plea to the lawmakers comes at the height of proxy wars between allies of Uhuru Kenyatta who want her spared the sack and those of William Ruto pushing her ouster. Ruto’s allies from Kirinyaga and Mt Kenya region have been backing Waiguru’s impeachment and even trashed a move hatched at State House and Jubilee headquarters to save the besieged governor. Waiguru is a known Uhuru’s loyalist. The area MPs allied to the deputy president led by Githinji (Gichugu), GK Kariuki (Ndia) and Ngirici also back the MCAs’ bid to impeach Waiguru. They have been backed by another vocal Ruto ally from the region, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria. At the height of the proxy wars, the Ruto allies took issue with Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju for removing the majority leader James Murango for violating the party’s position in pushing Waiguru’s removal. The governor is very close to the president and has been one of the leaders from Mt Kenya who have supported the Building Bridges Initiative. She has also called on the president to form a government of national unity to bring opposition leader Raila Odinga on board.
Waiguru is facing a myriad of allegations including gross violation of the constitution, among others by not delivering the annual state of the county address to the assembly. The governor is further accused of undermining the assembly by not submitting county plans and policies to the assembly for approval and also failing to table an annual report on the implementation status of the county policies and plans. The governor is also accused of violating the public procurement and disposal Act and the public finance and management Act by establishing an irregular tender evaluation committee composed of her partisan staff Pauline Kamau and Wayne Gichira who allegedly take direct instructions from her. They alternate as chairpersons of all major tender evaluation committees. In the past Waiguru has been vocal that her impeachment is being driven by partisan MCAs and other people pushing political agendas for their masters.
While responding to reports that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has begun investigations into alleged graft at the county government, the governor castigated the MCAs for being used by her rivals to bring her down.According to her, independent and objective investigations will reveal where integrity at the county is abused and who has abused their offices. She accused MCAs of being hellbent on political brinkmanship by filing a motion to impeach her over alleged corruption, terming the move as petty and frivolous. But the governor appears to have eaten a humble pie after she handed over the 100 acre land tittle deed to the Kenya Medical and Research Institute, ending the long tussle between the two institutions. The revelation was made by area Jubilee chairman Muriithi Kang’ara after a lengthy meeting between the county council of elders and Waiguru.
After the daylong meeting at Waiguru’s Kutus town offices, Kang’ara came out in the company of the elders to brief the media on the development. Among such stakeholders were the area MCAs who have been pushing for the release of the tittle deed to Kemri leading to a bitter disagreement and differences with the governor. The ward reps passed a motion compelling the governor to release the title to enable Kemri to kick off the project. The motion was moved by majority leader Kamau Murango and supported unanimously by all MCAs during a special sitting. The ward reps vowed to take measures to ensure Waiguru respects the wishes of residents who, they said, are keen to see the project take off. Even as Waiguru was preaching peace, her enemies funded residents to demonstrate demanding for her removal on slow implementation of development projects and delayed payment of health workers’ salaries. The residents who were paid each Sh500 held demonstrations in Ngurubani town blocking motorists. They were led by Michael Chomba.