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MCAs threaten to impeach Charity Ngilu in unending wrangles

By Philip Muasya | January 28th 2019 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and Kitui governor Charity Ngilu during a forum on the establishment of the South Eastern Economic Bloc at Kitui’s Park Side Villa Hotel on Friday. [Paul Mutua, Standard]

A section of MCAs have vowed to impeach Kitui governor Charity Ngilu when they resume sittings on February 13.

The over 20 MCAs, allied to Wiper party, accused the governor of marginalising parts of the county.

The leaders accused Ngilu of neglecting the larger Mwingi region and parts of Kitui rural and concentrating development projects in Kitui Central Constituency.

The MCAs who spoke at Mwingi Gardens on Saturday where area MP Gideon Mulyungi was issuing bursaries said one of their biggest agenda when they resume next month is to kick Ngilu out. 

“We want equitable distribution of county resources. However, since the governor has decided to engage in systematic marginalisation of some parts of the county, we have no choice but to impeach her. She has refused to listen to us and that is why we are going to spare no effort until we have removed her,” said Kyuso MCA Stephen Kivunzi.

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Kanziko’s James Munuve accused Ngilu of failing to initiate any significant projects in Kitui South Kitui East.

They also accused the governor of being a lone ranger, initiating projects without involving the county assembly.

In this case, they said, priority projects in the semi-arid county, including those that would address water and food shortage have been ignored.

The MCAs are to have later met at a Mwingi hotel where Ngilu’s impeachment topped their discussions.

They have in the past accused the governor of carrying out dubious projects through which public funds are plundered.

A month ago, they shot down the governor’s supplementary budget which worsened the relationship between the two arms of the county government.

On her part, Ngilu has blamed MCAs for slowing her down by refusing to approve allocation of funds to projects.

She also accuses them of being greedy and has hinted at a process of dissolving the county government to pave the way for fresh elections due to unending wrangles.

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