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MCA's accuse Governor of dictatorship, intimidation

05 March 2014, 23:24 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Nyeri county boss Nderitu Gachagua has been accused of dictatorship for ordering arrest of Kirimukuyu ward representative Kibera Ngunyi during a coffee general meeting at Karogoto factory.

Kibera said he was arrested for questioning the county government projects in the area, a move that irritated Gachagua leading to a war of words.

Gachagua later ordered his security detail to arrest him and be escorted to Tumu Tumu police station.

“He asked me whether his security details around him were flowers. He ordered them to arrest me and get me locked-in at the nearby Tumu Tumu police station to humiliate me,” Kibera told media at the county assembly grounds after he was released.

He said he will not relent in his oversight role but will continue whatsoever stating that Gachagua ought to respect other elected leaders’ roles.

“The governor in an apparent drunkenness of power has taken upon himself the loners of deciding for the residents on virtually every aspect of their lives,” he indicated in a press statement.

Kibera claimed that the meeting was attended by hired goons but not the farmers and they were incited against him and shouted at him forcing him to cut his speech short.

The condemnations were echoed by the majority leader in the assembly, Anthony Mwangi Kibuu who expressed concerns stating that the move was disrespectful and unacceptable.

“My concern is that these dictatorial tendencies have to be halted so that we can effectively and efficiently serve the people we are representing,” Kibuu said while addressing the assembly.

“The governor should understand that both the Executive and the Assembly have an important role to play in this county and the two have to work together so as to ensure we move forward,” Kibuu asserted.

He stated that the governor has no right or authority to mistreat MCA's and therefore he should not attempt to incite the public.

He however advised the governor to be a preacher of peace.

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