A plot to impeach Kiambu County Assembly Speaker Stephen Ndicho and Leader of Majority Anthony Ikonya has caused a rift between the MCAs.
A meeting convened by some Ward Reps to oust the duo last weekend was shelved after the intervention of Governor Ferdinand Waititu, who is said to have scuttled the move, which had the backing of 52 of the Assembly’s 92 members.
The governor allegedly stormed a secret meeting in Naivasha convened by the MCAs to finalise the ouster plan and urged them to shelve the motion for “the sake of development”.
The splinter group, which includes nominated MCAs, is dissatisfied with the duo for allegedly making decisions without involving them, thereby, exposing them to the wrath of the voters.
Among the decisions cited is the recent proposal to build a canteen and a lounge at the Assembly grounds at an exorbitant cost and the proposed construction of a new modern chamber.
“Both Ndicho and Ikonya have taken us for granted for too long. They make serious decisions without involving members,which has turned the electorate against us,” said an MCA who sought anonymity, adding that residents are very hostile towards them such that visiting their wards has become impossible.
A reliable source told People Daily that Ndicho and Ikonya were warned by Waititu, who had summoned them to the meeting, against addressing the media on issues on finances before consulting the Executive.
‘The governor directed them to put their House in order failure to which he would no longer protect them from the Assembly,” said the source.
Waititu took issue with the Speaker’s assertion that the proposed projects would go on despite resistance by some MCAs. However, the Speaker later apologised on his Facebook account, saying he will not allow the projects to go on during his tenure.
The governor also warned MCAs against being used to rock his government from within. He allegedly threatened to push for the revival of cases of some nominated members, whose appointments were disputed.