Political showdown as Nyeri Governor trades insults with MPs
09 December 2013, 15:39
Nyeri - The hostility between Nyeri Governor, Nderitu Gachagua and a section of parliamentarians in the County took the stage at a public function in Narumoru town over the weekend.
Kieni MP, Simon Mathenge and his Mathira counterpart, Peter Weru lashed out at the Governor and a heated exchange of words ensued.
The incident occurred during the flagging off of athletes and game rangers who were on a mission to climb Mt. Kenya to re-enact the 1963 hoisting of the national flag on the mountain as part of the Kenya@50 celebrations.
Mathenge accused the Governor and his executives of introducing harsh measures that were hurting constituents.
He went ahead and told Gachagua that he would never address him as 'Your Excellency', arguing that the honor is only reserved for the national president.
His counterpart, Weru also attacked Gachagua saying that poor politics was hurting the region’s development.
Weru was expressing his anger after Gachagua snubbed an education function in his constituency which was presided over by Deputy President William Ruto. Neither his deputy nor any of his executives attended the event.
However, in response, the Governor warned the MPs that incitement leading to damaging of property could not be tolerated and the actions would be met with the full force of the law.
He described the Kieni MP as politically naïve and urged him to shun populist politics which he said was meant to divide the people, and instead urged him to focus his energy on development matters.
"You have to change your style or these people will drop you in 2017," Gachagua advised the MP who seemed incensed.
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