Nyandarua leaders in retreat to solve row

Some Nyandarua leaders, led by Governor Francis Kimemia and his deputy, have retreated to a Nairobi hotel to try and resolve the wrangles that have rocked the county for the last five months.

MCAs, who have publicly fought in the Assembly, are part of the retreat even as residents expressed concern over the fights, saying they have affected service delivery.

Embattled Speaker Ndegwa Wahome, his replacement Gabriel Gathure, Senator Mwangi Githiomi, Ol Kalou MP David Kiaraho, among others, were included on the retreat.

Area professionals attributed the current wrangles to “massive corruption and embezzlement of public funds”. They faulted Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for failing to investigate the alleged corruption, adding that they were fully behind Wahome and the MCAs, who raised the alarm on graft.

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Led by Nyandarua professionals group chairman Moses Kiarie, the group claimed the Executive was to blame for the mess in the county.

Addressing the press in Naivasha, Kiarie ruled out dialogue as called for by area MPs, saying corruption was the vice that needed to be wiped out.

“This is a matter of theft of public resources and not leadership wrangles as some may want us to believe and it is high time we start investigating how money is being spent in our county,” he said.

“We want the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Director of Public Prosecutions to investigate these claims and bring to book those who have plundered public resources,” said former Deputy governor Waithaka Mwangi, and expressed lack of faith in EACC. “We stand with the MCAs and the Speaker, who want investigations on corruption in the county,” he added.

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