Gachagua warns Central Kenya politicians to stop bickering
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has urged county bosses in central Kenya to cultivate a working relationship with the Members of the County Assembly (MCAs).
The DP made his remarks in Nyeri on September 9, 2023, at the official launch of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party offices.
President William Ruto and UDA secretary general Cleophas Malala were among the dozens of politicians present at the event.
“Those who are always fighting. I will eventually recommend you be replaced by new leaders who have a vision and urge for development. I want to specifically warn the leaders in Kericho, Meru, and Kiambu. Stop the squabbles so we can get maximum benefits from President William Ruto’s government.”
The warning comes in the wake of disputes between Governors, their deputies, and MCAs in several counties across Mt. Kenya.
In Kiambu County, MCAs have accused Governor Kimani Wamatangi of highhandedness and uncooperative in executing county matters in collaboration with the county assembly.
The dissatisfaction has been vocalized, with Kiambu Senator Karungo wa Thang’wa adding his voice to their concerns. Senator Thang’wa recently cautioned Governor Wamatangi to improve his leadership or face the consequences.
Meru County has also been embroiled in a political crisis, with Governor Mwangaza facing impeachment proceedings initiated by MCAs over allegations of nepotism and corruption. The Senate later overturned her impeachment, but tensions between the county boss and the MCAs continue to simmer. One contentious issue has been the involvement of Mwangaza’s husband, Murega Baichu, in county affairs, raising questions among the MCAs.
In a recent controversy, Governor Mwangaza rehabilitated and named a county road and named it after her husband, Murega Baichu. This move drew significant public attention and criticism, particularly as the road leads to Baichu’s father’s compound, raising concerns about preferential treatment and potential conflicts of interest.