Kirinyaga leaders account for campaign funds
Kirinyaga Jubilee campaign committee members have said money raised for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election drive can be accounted for.
This is after residents and a section of leaders demanded that the committee accounts for Sh51.9 million said to have been raised in the drive spearheaded by Governor Anne Waiguru.
In a statement to the media, the committee members James Murango , Wanjiru Njeru and Alister Murimi said leaders had pledged Sh32 million but only Sh12.24 million was realised in cash through an account they managed.
They said another Sh4.5 million was provided by Kirinyaga professionals from a separate account.
Mr Murango is the Kirinyaga County Assembly majority leader, Ms Wanjiru Njeru an MCA while Mr Murimi represents professionals.
SIGNATORIES OF ACCOUNT
“The signatories to the account were Mwea MP Wachira Kabinga, County Assembly Majority leader James Murango, MCA Wanjiru Njeru and Mr Alister Murimi, represented various stakeholders who contributed to the campaign. It is important to note that neither the governor nor the deputy governor were signatories to this account,” the members said.
They said that that contributors were either giving cash to the campaign kitty or directly funding campaign activities based on the amount pledged.
“Among those who opted to directly fund campaign activities instead of giving cash are woman representative Purity Ngirici who pledged Sh1 million which was not received in cash but directly administered to the campaign. Others are Mwea MP Wachira Kabinga who pledged Sh500, 000 but only gave Sh200, 000 in cash. Kirinyaga Central MP Munene Wambugu pledged Sh1 million but only gave Sh200, 000 in cash and Ndia MP George Kariuki pledged Sh500, 000 but did not give any cash to the campaign kitty,” the statement reads in part.
The committee argues that the County Assembly members pledged Sh4.2 million but only gave Sh1.8 million to the fund.
It states that a contribution expected from the Jubilee Party for agents was disbursed directly to each Member of Parliament and was not channeled to the campaign account.
“The campaign posted exemplary results with President Uhuru Kenyatta getting 99.5% of the votes cast in the October 26 elections. It is therefore inappropriate for some leaders to resort to propaganda with the aim of sabotaging Governor Waiguru’s administration,” they stated
The money was to be used for roadshows and to mobilise voters in the region ahead of October 26 repeat election.