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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,7TH APRIL 2018-The close friendship between Kitui governor Charity Ngilu and Kitui South MP Rachael Nyamai seems to be on the brink of disintegration after Governor Ngilu accused Miss Nyamai of being behind a group dubbed “Tharaka” that has been leading an online smear campaign against the county government development initiatives.
In a statement sent to newsrooms by Governor Ngilu’s communication team to Kitui-based journalists, shared to in local WhatsApp groups, the county chief warned she was narrowing down on the “Tharaka” group.
“We have cornered and arrested Kitui County communication boss Munyasya Musya and one of his juniors in an hotel writing negative stories against the county government. We have all the reasons to belief that they are the anonymous “Tharaka” who have been fighting the county government on social media,” read the statement.
The Kitui County communication director, who was being sought over allegations that he was the ring leader of the group, recorded a police statement claiming that he had been attacked and robbed by goons who accosted and arrested him.
Governor Ngilu and the Kitui South MP Nyamai have been close friends, with the latter having entered Parliament for the first time in 2013 as the only elected female MP in Kitui County riding on NARC party’s popularity in the region.
Their close political ties lasted for about five years up until when Governor Ngilu was fired from President Kenyatta’s government as the Lands Cabinet Secretary.
Last year the two went on different paths with the former Cabinet Secretary Ngilu’s NARC party aligning with NASA and winning the Kitui gubernatorial seat and MP Nyamai clinching the Kitui South seat on a Jubilee party ticket.
The accusation comes in the wake of the arrest of the county communication director, Munyasya Muasya, who Governor Ngilu accuses of being the ring leader of the online group.