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MP tells governor’s wife to ‘concentrate on her kitchen’ in protocol row

By STEVE NJUGUNA October 11th, 2018 2 min read

A war of words has erupted between Laikipia County Woman Rep, Ms Catherine Waruguru and County Governor’s wife Ms Maria Mbeneka.

On Wednesday, Ms Waruguru took a swipe at Ms Mbeneka for allegedly interfering with her work.

“We elected the governor and not the first lady. She should concentrate on her kitchen and other domestic chores,” she said when distributing free sanitary towels to public schools in Nyahururu town.

The Woman Rep appeared to have been angered by the first lady’s bid to have the event postponed until when she will be available to grace the occasion.

“Laikipia people elected Ndiritu Muriithi as governor and I will not take instructions from the governor’s wife,” said Ms Waruguru.


“My office must be respected and I must be given opportunity to serve the people of Laikipia without interference,” said Ms Waruguru.

The first time MP further told the first lady to allow county executives to work without interference. She however did not elaborate.

She called on the County Assembly to audit the operations of the office of first lady to see if public money was being illegally allocated to her office.

“The County Assembly of Laikipia must scrutinise the office of first lady to see if the money she is spending has been allocated through the budgetary allocation because that is public money and we must know where it is coming from,” added Ms Waruguru.

Ms Waruguru told Ms Mbeneka to confine her activities in the legal circles where is an advocate.

“I also have an advocate (husband) at home and he does not interfere with my work.”


However Ms Mbeneka, through the Director of Communication Muchiri Gitonga, said she was busy with the activities of the East African Law Society and the Law Society of Kenya as well as her private law firm to have time for altercations with the MP.

“The governor’s wife is a busy person you would like to bring into a fight with a Woman Rep who has a penchant for picking fights with anybody, anywhere any time,” Mr Gitonga said.