Kiambu MCA’s Accuse Governor Wamatangi Of Trying To Usurp Their Roles

Attempts by senior political leaders from Kiambu County and the Kenya Kwanza coalition to strike a truce between Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi and the MCAs is facing challenges. Political leaders led by Kiambu County Senator Karungo Thang’wa have accused governor Wamatangi of being a lone ranger and preferring to work with non-elected leaders, something they haven’t taken lightly.

Senator Thang’wa has in the past been accused of inciting the MCAs against governor Wamatangi’s administration. He however denied the allegations but maintained that the governor has no choice but to meet the MCAs and agree to work together, saying that MCAs were closer to the people and adding that the Governor must listen to them.

Governor Wamatangi in a quick rejoinder claims that there is a politician from the county whom he did not name but the description suited former governor William Kabogo, whom he accused of creating a rift between his office and the County Assembly Members. Sources say MCA’s told the governor in one meeting that they were ready to work with him on one condition, that he releases funds allocated to them for development including bursaries. It was after the stormy meeting that Governor Wamatangi and the MCAs reached a truce to work together for the sake of the people of Kiambu.

“We have discussed a number of issues and agreed that the executive and the assembly have a vital role to play in tackling matters affecting the county. There is no fight between us,” said Wamatangi. The 60 ward reps from various parties and independents had questioned the governor’s style of leadership, accusing him of undermining them by using his foundation and cronies to reach the grassroots.

They also charged that bursary committees were being formed at the ward level without their knowledge or involvement and accused the county chief of usurping their role.

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