Waiguru is incompetent, deputy governor alleges

Friday, April 24th, 2020 00:00 | By
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.

Githinji Mwangi

The troubled political chemistry between Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and her deputy Peter Ndambiri reached a new high after the latter yesterday launched a scathing attack on his boss.

Ndambiri, who has in the recent past been cautious when commenting on his differences with Waiguru, described the governor as an “incompetent” leader who has failed the people of Kirinyaga. He also accused her of misusing pubic resources.

Ndambiri denied claims he  plotted the down of Waiguru who he says is being misled and will “regret her mistake when it’s too late”.

“I pity our governor. She has decided to believe in lies instead of trying to find the truth but I know she will come to realise that when it’s too late,” Ndambiri told mourners during the burial of Kirinyaga Kanu treasurer James Gachibiri at Kimandi village in Kirinyaga Central.

Impeachment scuttled

Waiguru and her deputy have been on a collision path after she accused him of being behind an impeachment motion against her in the County Assembly. 

The impeachment bid was scuttled after the Jubilee Party dismissed Assembly Majority Leader James Murang’o, who was pushing for her ouster.

Waiguru  is accused of gross violation of the Constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct. But she rubbished the allegations, terming them a  witch-hunt.

Ndambiri said yesterday the governor was surrounded by political “witches, con-men and back-stabbers” whose objective was to allegedly create a wedge between them.

“What is saddening is that the governor has agreed to be misled to believe that I’m fighting her. Why should I fight my governor? But I have forgiven them all,” he said.

The impeachment motion accuses Waiguru of heading a criminal enterprise aimed at defrauding the county coffers. 

She is further accused of paying fictitious companies millions of shillings for no work done. She is also in spotlight for allegedly pocketing Sh10 million in imprest for no travel.

Waiguru has laughed off the graft accusations as pedestrian and accused the MCAs, who she said had been sponsored by Ndambiri and some national government officials, of playing petty politics.

The court suspended the impeachment trial of Waiguru on grounds that it would violate her rights to a fair hearing and would also hamper her efforts to tame the  spread of coronavirus in the country. 

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