Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru and her deputy Peter Ndambiri have hammered a truce to back the Building Bridges Initiative and rally residents behind it. This follows months of fighting where Ndambiri has been accusing his boss of trying to hide behind BBI to evade accountability after MCAs tried to upstage her through impeachment
only for the governor to be saved by the senate. The deputy governor has also accused the county boss of discrimination in development, arguing that MCAs critical of the governor have been denied development as one way to punish them. But last week, the two leaders appeared to have struck a common chord when they separately backed the BBI proposals.
The governor was among the women Embrace Movement leaders who met Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga at State House, Nairobi, where they pledged to back the initiative. The Embrace Movement leaders met the president hours before the launch of the BBI signature collection drive was postponed. As Waiguru was meeting the president, Ndambiri was in Kirinyaga where he called on those with dissenting voices over the BBI initiative to stop criticizing the document. He said those opposed to the document should come out and say what they would wish to be added to make the country move forward at one pace. Speaking in the Kajiji area, Ndambiri said the president has provided room for dialogue to make sure those with opposing views are given a chance to give their observations. This came as Waiguru battled eviction from her upmarket Kitisuru home in Nairobi over a disputed Sh44.5 million rent demand. In 2016, Waiguru came out to shed light on her state-of-the-art mansion in Nairobi’s exclusive Kitisuru neighbourhood.
Speaking days after resigning as Devolution CS following months of sustained pressure over corruption allegations in her ministry, she maintained she bought the mansion, estimated to be worth between Sh100 million and Sh150 million, using a government mortgage. But the governor has now sought court protection from property developer Kihingo Village Ltd, which has asked her to pay the millions of shillings or vacate the Sh80 million house following a botched sale deal inked in September 2015. But Waiguru reckons that she paid Sh40 million in cash for the property and had an agreement with KCB Group to offer an additional Sh40 million as a mortgage but the mortgage agreement was not completed. However, the developer of the home denies receiving payment from Waiguru, calling the governor a tenant and not the owner. Kihingo has demanded that the governor pay rent for the five years she has been residing in the home or risk asset seizure by Chardor Auctioneers.