Wairia ‘ob­sessed’ with self pro­mo­tion

MP says chief spent Sh237m on ad­verts

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - JOHN KA­MAU @jaykayGm

The Se­nate has been urged to sum­mon Mu­rang’a Gov­er­nor Mwangi Wairia for al­legedly spend­ing too much county cash on per­sonal pub­lic­ity.

Kan­dara MP Alice Wa­home said Wairia ad­ver­tises “mean­ing­less” projects on ra­dio sta­tions.

“The Wairia-led gov­ern­ment has been wast­ing money on pub­lic­ity and the projects they ad­ver­tise are mean­ing­less, like the cow sheds con­structed all over the county,” she said.

Wa­home spoke at Karu­gia Sec­ondary School on Mon­day after pre­sent­ing a Sh450,000 cheque to build the in­sti­tu­tion’s din­ing hall.

“None of the sheds is be­ing used. Mu­rang’a res­i­dents want an­swers on where the money comes from. Why hype shoddy projects in the media? Why can’t they do good projects that can sell them­selves in­stead of hav­ing to ad­ver­tise them?” she said.

Wa­home urged Se­na­tor Kembi Gitura to write a let­ter to the gov­er­nor, ask­ing the sources of his cash.

She said Con­troller of Bud­get Agnes Odhiambo should be present when Wairia is sum­moned to ex­plain the source of Sh237 mil­lion the county used on ad­ver­tise­ments last year.

Wa­home said Wairia places his pic­ture on ev­ery county project ban­ner.

“He has even placed his photo on ban­ners pub­li­cis­ing projects done by MPs. I’ve seen his photo on a ban­ner ad­ver­tis­ing a boda boda shed con­structed by the Kan­dara CDF at Ngur­weini as well as on a wa­ter project,” she said.

“This is gross mis­con­duct and should not be left unchecked. He is even us­ing gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles for his cam­paigns. That is wrong and should stop,” Wa­home said.

Wairia was un­avail­able for com­ment.

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