We paid cash for ma­chines, says Khaemba

Gover­nor de­nies his county took Sh650m loan to buy road re­pair equip­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

Gover­nor Pa­trick Khaemba has de­nied claims his county took a Sh650 mil­lion loan to buy road re­pair machin­ery. He said the county paid cash for the equip­ment that has been dis­trib­uted to all five sub­coun­ties.

“Some of our ri­vals have been mis­lead­ing the pub­lic that we took loans to buy the machin­ery. Our ac­count books are open for any­one to con­firm that we paid cash for the machin­ery,” Khaemba said.

He spoke on Wed­nes­day in Ki­tale town when com­mis­sion­ing the equip­ment. The gover­nor has launched a 90-day rapid re­pair of 900km of road. Khaemba said all ru­ral roads in Trans Nzoia will be re­paired.

Mean­while, Ford Kenya MPs have said they will back Khaemba for a sec­ond term be­cause of his per­for­mance and abil­ity to unite com­mu­ni­ties in the largely cos­mopoli­tan county.

Sec­re­tary gen­eral Eseli Simiyu said the party will not con­done mem­bers and of­fi­cials who un­der­mine Khaemba. “Khaemba is a ma­ture and hum­ble gover­nor who has been able to work well with all com­mu­ni­ties in this county. That is why we feel he needs the sup­port of all of us to get re­elec­tion next year,” the Ton­garen MP said.

Kan­duyi MP Wa­fula Wa­mun­yinyi said the party should re­main united to beat its op­po­nents next year. The two spoke at a party meet­ing in Ki­tale.

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