Chaos as Waiguru's Supporters Clash With Deputy

  • Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru (right) speaks to her deputy Peter Ndambiri.
    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru (right) speaks to her deputy Peter Ndambiri at a past event.
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  • Supporters of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru fiercely clashed with those of her deputy during a meeting in the region.

    The Daily Nation was the first to report on Thursday, April 2, that the two factions disrupted a meeting at Murinduko Ward in Kirinyaga County.

    The meeting was being held by Waiguru's supporters when those allied to her deputy Peter Ndambiri stormed the venue.

    A reliable source at the county administration who requested anonymity told Kenyans.co.ke that Waiguru was planning to shelve gubernatorial plans in 2022 with the deputy launching a lowkey campaign for the county boss position.

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru addresses mourners during the burial of Jane Wanjiku Mburati at Kambarare Village, Gichugu constituency on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru addresses mourners during the burial of Jane Wanjiku Mburati at Kambarare Village, Gichugu constituency on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
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    Rumours were swirling across social media that the DG had been behind the impeachment motion tabled against her.

    Supporters of Ndambiri, however, refuted the claims pointing out matter-of-fact that their leader had nothing to do with the woos surrounding the county boss.

    Mutira Ward Representative Kinyua Wangui, in a report on Tuesday, March 31, filed the motion, accusing the governor of gross violation of the constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct.

    “The County assembly now resolves to remove Hon. Anne Mumbi (herein referred to as the County Governor) from the office of the county governor of Kirinyaga, pursuant to Article 181 (1) (a) & (c) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, Section 33 of the County Governments Act, 2012 and the County Assembly Standing Order. No 58,” the motion read in part.

    Wangui alleged that Waiguru had intentionally "refused, failed or neglected" to duly deliver to the county on the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

    Wangui further claimed that Waiguru undermined the county assembly's authority. 

    In her response, the governor termed the impeachment motion as "petty and frivolous", stating that the MCAs were "hellbent on political brinkmanship" by filing a motion to impeach her instead of focussing on the fight against coronavirus.

    "The issues raised are so basic that they are an embarrassment to the constitution that they seek to protect and the county that elected these MCAs," read the statement in part.

    Kirinyaga deputy governor Peter Ndambiri (Left) and governor Ann Waiguru (Second left) during a BBI consultative meeting at Kirinyaga Townhall grounds on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
    Kirinyaga deputy governor Peter Ndambiri (Left) and governor Ann Waiguru (Second left) during a BBI consultative meeting at Kirinyaga Townhall grounds on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
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