Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi’s woes have continued to escalate attracting the wrath of his constituents.
On Saturday, the protestors lit bonfires and blocked it with stones along the untarmacked road heading to Governor Wamatangi’s home.
The protestors attributed the current administration’s poor development record to a rift between Wamatangi and Kabete MP Wamacukuru James Githua. Significantly, it’s worth noting that the responsibility for road maintenance in the area falls under the jurisdiction of the legislator.
Residents, in particular, voiced their apprehensions about the impending El Nino, as predicted by the weatherman. They expressed concerns that the ongoing leadership disputes among the county’s leaders will distract them from their mandate to ensure the road is maintained.
Bonfires lit along a road heading to Governor Kimani Wamatangi’s home.
The residents expressed fears that based on the current trajectory, the road will be rendered impassable if the El Nino occurs as predicted.
“We shall not just standby, we want the MP to repair the wrote. We do not care about his fallout with the Governor,” lamented a protester.
“We do not want a fight. We don’t care who is supposed to repair the road whether it is the MP or the County Government,” added another.
“Wamatangi and Wamacukuru should not implicate us in their fights. Every person campaigned on their own terms and we elected both of them in their respective positions,” another complained.
The Kenya Meteorological Department, in a statement, cautioned that Kenya should expected above average rainfall in parts of the country during the period spanning October-November-December.
The rains are expected to lead to floods enough to displace entire communities.
“The highest seasonal rainfall amounts (greater than 700mm) are normally recorded over the Central highlands,” cautioned Kenya Meteorological Department Director David Gikungu.
In recent months, Wamatangi found himself on the defence against other Kiambu County leaders forcing Deputy Governor Rigathi Gachagua to convene a reconciliatory meeting.
Members of the Kiambu County Assembly objected to Wamatangi’s decision to issue bursaries directly to parents within the county’s wards.
The MCAs opposed the move demanding that the governor issue Ksh1,000 and Ksh2,000 to individuals who attended one of the events at the beginning of September. Chaos erupted at the particular event forcing him to scamper for safety.
The leaders were dissatisfied with the Governor’s leadership style claiming that he was not involving other leaders in the management of the county’s affairs.
Soon after, reports of a fallout between Wamatangi and President William Ruto over a parcel of land in the nutrients-rich county emerged.
Reports claimed that Ruto admonished him during a meeting at Sagana Lodge but the Governor vehemently denied. The reports claimed that he had declined to handover two parcels of land and another one in Thika Town.
“The parcels of land I am holding on to in Kiambu, I said none will be grabbed by anyone. You have stolen a lot of parcels and you can not do that any longer,” he insisted.
The MCAs are now contemplating holding an impeachment motion claiming that the county chief has alienated key county leaders in his decision-making.
Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi (left) and President William Ruto.