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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,7TH APRIL 2018-Political temperatures in Kirinyaga county reached fever pitch over the weekend after county Governor Anne Waiguru accused Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici and her husband, of hiring goons to heckle her in front of the Deputy President William Ruto who had toured the county on Friday.
Waiguru was booed by a section of residents during the launch of 100km Gakoigo-Njegas stretch of roads in Kirinyaga Central which was presided over by DP Ruto.
The locals shouted down the governor as grassroots divisions played out.
“That the politicians would want to disrupt a meeting graced by His Excellency the Deputy President, aimed at bringing development in Kirinyaga and improving the living conditions of our people is not only selfish but also utterly preposterous,” Ms Waiguru said in a statement sent to newsrooms.
The Woman Rep has, however, defended herself and her husband insisting they were not involved in the fracas.
“We are dismayed by the statement attributed to the governor and wish to state that we were at no time involved in the planning of the disruption,” the Woman Rep said in a rejoinder.
Ms Ngirici has, on her side has accused the governor of engaging in political sideshows and called on authorities to investigate the incident.
Governor Waiguru also apologized to DP Ruto over the Friday incident maintaining that her focus was on development and not politics.
“On behalf of the people of Kirinyaga, I wish to convey my sincere apologies to His Excellency Deputy President William Ruto for the embarrassing incident witnessed on Friday. My focus is on creating jobs for the youth of Kirinyaga, improving healthcare, upgrading our road network and improving agriculture, among other projects, because these are the things that matter most to the people of Kirinyaga,” she said.
The Friday function was attended by local and Jubilee leaders from the Central region among them Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici and her Murang’a counterpart Sabina Chege, Senator Charles Kibiru and a number of members of Parliament.
However, only the Deputy President addressed the residents.
when he stood to speak Ruto warned that internal wrangles were hurting Jubilee’s Big Four agenda and urged the leaders to shelf politics and focus on delivering promises made to the people during the campaign period.