A fresh row is brewing between Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru and her deputy Peter Ndambiri, with the latter accusing the former of sidelining his home area in development projects.
Speaking on Saturday when he joined Kamunyange village residents in rehabilitating the Difathas – Kajiji road in Mwea East, Mr. Ndambiri accused Governor Waiguru of using her current position to undermine his political ambitions.
Mr. Ndambiri has expressed his intentions of unseating his boss in next year’s general election and now says that Waiguru is sidelining his home area to paint a bad picture of him in the public’s eye.
Despite the road being in the home area of the deputy governor, it has been neglected by the county governor, forcing residents to grab the bull by its horns after their pleas fell on deaf ears.
“Since her impeachment last year, Waiguru has constantly deprived this area of development, especially after I announced my intention to unseat her in the 2022 General Elections,” said Ndumbiri, who added, “when I agreed to support Waiguru’s candidature in 2017, we had agreed she would serve for one term, she should not feel threatened now that I have decided to unseat her.”
Mr. Ndambiri said that despite the political disagreements, the governor should not punish the residents for their rightful share of development, adding that they also voted for the duo in 2017.
Deputy governor claims used personal resources to rehabilitate road
Ndambiri claims that he used his personal resources to transport murram to rehabilitate the road, adding that it is unfair that county resources are being used to advance petty political interests.
Mr. Ndambiri who has not been seeing eye to eye with the governor since surviving impeachment in 2020 said that it is his democratic right to contest for the gubernatorial seat to unseat his boss, adding that he should not be vilified or intimidated.
Angry residents led by Michael Chomba who were rehabilitating the road accused the county government of abandoning them as a punishment for coming from the same village with the deputy governor.
Chomba noted that if there are political differences between the governor and her deputy, the two should settle them in office and not punishing the common mwananchi for crimes they did not commit.