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Waiguru: I wasn’t given my position on a silver platter

By Kamau Munene | February 23rd 2019
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.

Governor Anne Waiguru has come out horns blaring on those allegedly undermining her leadership, reminding them it was not given to her on a silver plate.

She said after grueling campaigns Kirinyaga residents evaluated her alongside other competitors for the gubernatorial seat on August 8, 2017 general elections and came out with a resounding yes to her leadership.

“It is unfortunate now that some people who have different constitutional mandates have started to undermine my leadership instead of sticking to their roles,” she said.

Without making any direct reference to any of her known political rivals, Waiguru wondered why a certain leader was moving around dishing money to the youth instead of putting up an industry with such huge sums of cash for the benefit of the larger county.

“It does not make any sense buying loyalty and political support from youth with cheap money that cannot even afford them a decent meal, “she said.

Speaking at Kagio town moments after commissioning a Sh170 million street lighting project on Thursday evening, Waiguru however told her critics her in-tray was overflowing and as such she has no time to waste on empty rhetoric.

She told a huge cheering gathering her development record within just over a year in office speaks for itself since her style of leadership was purely transformative.

“Let those wishing to seek for this position wait until 2022 when Wanjiku whom I serve will come up with my score card although I have learnt already there are seven people eyeing the seat,” she said.

A week ago there were skirmishes at the Kerugoya Catholic hall between her supporters and the Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui  Ngirichi that led to cancellation by the area security committee of the disbursement of cheques to the local women groups.

Ngirichi was reported to have stormed the venue leading to skirmishes that prompted the security committee chairman Samson Ojwang to call off the meeting.

The Chief Administrative Secretary for Devolution Rachel Shebesh was expected to preside over issuance of the Women Enterprise cheques to the local women groups with Waiguru as the host.

Ngirichi after storming the venue wondered why she had not been put in picture of the function yet she is in charge of women affairs in the county as their elected representative. Shebesh and Waiguru, who were yet to arrive at the venue had to travel back to Nairobi on learning the function had been cancelled on security grounds.

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