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I’ve no interest in Kirinyaga politics, Kibicho says

By Githinji Mwangi
Thursday, August 6th, 2020
Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho. Photo/PD/FILE
In summary

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho yesterday dismissed claims that he is eyeing  the Kirinyaga governorship in the 2022 General Election.

Kibicho said he has no interest in the seat and was busy discharging his duties as principal secretary.

“Today, I am the PS for Interior and I have never stood anywhere and announced that I want to be elected as the governor of Kirinyaga. I have no interest in the seat,” he said.

 Kibicho who spoke on Milele FM yesterday morning has been at loggerhead with governor Ann Waiguru after she accused him of funding  Ward Representatives  to impeach her.

In an open letter to him last week, Waiguru accused  the PS of fanning political hostility in the county. 

In no-holds-barred attack, Waiguru termed Kibicho “a primary catalyst in the destructive politics” that now characterise the county. 

The governor sensationally claimed that Kibicho has been supporting and funding, a well-orchestrated scheme to destabilise her administration. 

Kibicho’s differences with the governor came to the fore when he publicly castigated her for opposing issuance of a title deed for construction of a Sh15 billion  Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) facility in the county.

He termed the governor opposition to the project as “foolish.” 

He later through Ministry of Lands headquarter issued a fresh title deed for the land, leaving Waiguru clutching a worthless piece of paper. 

Yesterday, Kibicho said he had been implementing development  projects in the county for more than a decade.

“I did not start yesterday.  I have been running a foundation called Gathuthi-ini Hope Foundation, which was started in 1999 even before I became PS,” he said.

The PS has been convening meeting every fortnight at his rural home for all political leaders and government officer’s to plan on development of the county. But  Waiguru has been missing in all the meetings. 

“To mind the welfare of my people doesn’t mean that I have political ambitions. Since 1999, how many elections have happened?

There was the 2002, 2007, 2013 and 2017 elections, what have I been waiting for?” he asked.

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