Kiambu MCAs accuse UDA top leadership of dictatorship
A section of Kiambu Members of County Assembly (MCAs) has accused the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Secretary General Veronica Maina of dictatorship and threats.
Led by Ndeiya Ward MCA Nelson Munga, they said that the party through the SG was interfering with the affairs of the County Assembly by imposing its leadership on them.
Munga also alleged that Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was part of the scheme of forcing Members of the County Assembly to unpopular leaders against their wishes.
"We want to tell the DP to let democracy prevail. Let him not intimidate anyone of us because it's our constitutional right to independently choose leaders of our choice," he said.
Addressing the press at the County Assembly buildings, they urged President William Ruto to rein in the party officials bent on killing democracy in the party.
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The aggrieved leaders were reacting to two letters written by the SG indicating that House leadership had duly been nominated by the party.
In the first letter dated September 26, 2022, Nelson Munga had been named as the Majority Leader with Dan Gitau as his deputy.
Godfrey Mucheke had been nominated as the Chief Whip and Francis Koina as his deputy.
The second letter dated September 27, 2022 and which was approved by the County Assembly Speaker Charles Thiong'o, Godfrey Mucheke was nominated as the Leader of Majority, and Francis Koina his deputy.
In the letter which was copied to the area governor Kimani Wamatangi, Munga was nominated as the Chief Whip with Donna Kendi being nominated as his deputy while Eric Ndun'gu was nominated as a board member.
"Kindly note that the above-named UDA leaders are the duly nominated members from our party to be the Majority, Deputy, Chief Whip, Deputy, and board member in the County Assembly.
"This is the party position and must be upheld," stated the letter which was signed by Veronica and copied to the Speaker and all UDA elected and nominated Members of the County Assembly.