Kitui Senator Wambua's briefing scuttled by youths

Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua. [File, Standard]
Youths disrupted a Press briefing by Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua after a church service that was also attended by his political nemesis, Governor Charity Ngilu.

The political differences between Mrs Ngilu and Mr Wambua played out during the Sunday service at AIC Kasina in Mwingi Township. The service was also attended by the church's Presiding Bishop Silas Yego.

Trouble started when the Senator announced that after the service he would address the media on "the state of corruption in the county".

As Wambua prepared to address the Press outside the church, youths surrounded him and started yelling, demanding that he leaves Mwingi town. Some attempted to grab the Senator before his aides quickly whisked him away.

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By this time Ngilu and her deputy Wathe Nzau had left.

Local hotel

Wambua later issued the statement at a local hotel. He called on the governor to do more to fight corruption in her administration.

The senator claimed last year he wrote several letters to the governor to blow the whistle on suspected “mega corruption” in some departments and called for action.

“My last letter was in December, in which I mentioned to her cases of mega corruption and outright theft in the departments. I advised her to hold the officers in charge criminally responsible,” he said.

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Wambua claimed he had evidence of suspected corruption. He vowed to forward the evidence to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission "and other relevant bodies".

He said he had nothing personal against Ngilu or her officers, but was only out to ensure the county's funds served the interests of the electorate.

Speaking at the church, Ngilu expressed her frustration with Ward representatives, who three weeks ago shot down her supplementary budget and impeached her Finance executive officer accusing her of gross misconduct.

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Kitui CountyKitui Senator Enoch WambuaGovernor Charity Ngilu