Angry Kirinyaga MCAs Renew Fight With Governor Waiguru, as They Slash Her Budget

Kirinyaga ward representatives have reopened their animosity with Governor Anne Waiguru, who survived impeachment a week ago.

In a session held on Tuesday, 30th June, to approve the county’s Ksh5.5 budget, the lawmakers reduced expenditure recommended by the governor in some key organs of the county.

The office of Kirinyaga County Secretary Joe Muriuki was awarded only Ksh1 million despite the county head having asked for Ksh111 million.

The Members of County Assembly also slashed the budget allocated to deal with legal matters to Ksh1 million from Ksh60 million.

The county legislators noted that more money needed to be channelled to development rather than be spent by what they termed as “greedy offices”.

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Interestingly, the office of Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri, which did not have any allocation in the last two years, got Ksh15.6 million.

Waiguru had protested the move understandably because her deputy supported the MCAs in their bid to have her out of office.

“We had to act when we discovered that the office of the deputy governor had not been allocated any funds by the devolved government. This is an important office and it can’t operate without finances,” county’s Budget Committee chairman David Mathenge said.

Speaking last week after the Senate let the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary off the hook, the ward representatives vowed to make things difficult for the first-time governor.

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Led by Mutira MCA Kinyua Wangui, the lawmakers said that they would move another impeachment motion in three months’ time.

They advised the governor to resign if she is not ready for humiliation for the remainder of her term, which ends in 2022.

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