Par­al­lel Wairia demos staged in Mu­rang’a

One group was in sup­port of the gover­nor while the ther de­manded his pros­e­cu­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

Two groups held par­al­lel protests for and against Gover­nor Mwangi Wairia in a po­lit­i­cal show­down in Mu­rang’a town on Mon­day.

One fac­tion con­vened by lobby groups de­manded Wairia’s pros­e­cu­tion while the other, which was made up of his sup­port­ers, protested against what they called po­lit­i­cal witch-hunt.

The two demos brought into play the sharp di­vi­sions in the county be­tween those who sup­port the in­cum­bent and those who back Kigumo MP Jam­leck Kamau. Kamau has an­nounced he will run for gover­nor.

Some of the pro­test­ers de­manded that Wairia re­sign over al­le­ga­tions of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of pub­lic funds in his gov­ern­ment.

They marched to his of­fice but were de­nied en­try by heav­ily-armed riot po­lice of­fi­cers, who had erected a road block out­side the county head­quar­ters.

Hun­dreds of youths later pro­ceeded to the of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions, where they pre­sented a pe­ti­tion to have the gover­nor pros­e­cuted for cor­rup­tion. They threat­ened to sue the DPP if the gover­nor is not ar­raigned in court in seven days.

The pe­ti­tion raised queries over the pur­chase of 34 acres in the 2013-14 fi­nan­cial year for Sh340 mil­lion.

Led by Charles Njoroge, a res­i­dent, the youths de­manded thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mat­ter and those found cul­pa­ble charged in court.

“We are won­der­ing why the of­fice of the DPP has not yet taken any ac­tion against the county,” Njoroge said Njoroge.

But the ri­val group dis­missed them, say­ing they were not gen­uine and had been paid to demon­strate against the gover­nor. Wairia dis­missed the demon­stra­tions, which he said had been stage-man­aged by his ri­vals.

“I know they only want to keep us busy with their in­ter­rup­tions so that they can dis­tract us from work­ing for the peo­ple,” he said.

“I was in­ves­ti­gated by the EACC and they gave me a clean bill of health. Peo­ple are now wiser and will vote for lead­ers based on their de­vel­op­ment record.”

ALICE WAITHERA

Hun­dreds of youths demon­strate in Mu­rang’a town over al­le­ga­tions of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds in the county on Mon­day/

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