Njeru Githae says he was not elected governor because of working for State

Former Finance minister Njeru Githae. [PHOTO: STANDARD/FILE]


KIRINYAGA COUNTY: Former Finance minister Njeru Githae has attributed his failure to win the Kirinyaga County gubernatorial seat to over commitment on State matters in the last days of the Kibaki presidency.

He said during the electioneering campaigns there were crucial Bills which had to be passed and his presence in the National Assembly was mandatory.

“As my competitors vigorously campaigned; me, Lee Kinyanjui, John Mututho, Amos Kimunya and myself were fully engaged to oversee the Bills were passed on time,” he said.

He said devolution would have been badly disrupted “had the four of us not been committed towards the passing of these crucial Bills”.

He was speaking at Marurumo Anglican Church grounds in Mwea during the dedication ceremony of a memorial hall built in honour of his late father, Solomon Githendui Githae.

The dedication ceremony was conducted by the Kirinyaga Anglican Bishop Joseph Karimi Kibucwa.

Githae who broke his silence for the first time since losing his gubernatorial bid during the March 4 general elections, however said he has no bitterness over the loss.

He said he spent most of his valuable time managing the financial affairs of the nation only to realize albeit too late that the election date had come to a close.

Githae spoke in the presence of Kinyanjui and Mututho who lost the Nakuru gubernatorial and Naivasha parliamentary race respectively.

Kinyanjui who now heads the Kenya Roads Safety Board urged Wananchi not to drink and drive as the consequences were dire for those breaking the law and other road users.

“You either drink or not drive or else you will be penalized for breaking the law, which includes being banned from driving, imprisonment, being fined or both,” he said.

On his part, Mutotho clarified that he has no qualms against Kenyans taking beer but was only out to ensure the set drinking time is strictly adhered to.

Mututho who chairs the NACADA board urged Kenyans to stop taking locally brewed alcohol which he termed as usually toxic.

“Kenyans must be aware that the kind of stuff they consume from retailers is lethal since no one knows what ingredients they are made of,” he warned.

He said he has embarked on a nationwide sensitization campaign to empower Kenyans on how not to become a drunken nation but a working nation.