MCAs, Speaker get death threats for probing County debts
11 January 2016, 09:53
Vihiga - Vihiga County Assembly members and Speaker Dan Chitwah are living in fear after they received death threats from an unknown person on Friday.
The message sent to members via SMS was specifically addressed to the 15-member ad hoc committee formed earlier in December last year to investigate financial predicament of the County that has debts of over KES 2.5 billion.
The message read, "Speaker Dan Chitwah and Andrew Ahuga we shall kill you and your wives and all MCAs in your ad hoc committee. We are coming for your heads. Uliza (ask) Embu County Speaker, Kariuki Mate."
Chairman of the ad hoc committee, Andrew Ahuga who also got the message, said their probe is unstoppable.
"Investigating the financial predicament the County is facing does not mean we are victimising anyone. We are going on with our mandate of oversight and we will not stop at anything," Ahuga said.
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The North Maragoli ward rep noted that if someone feels that the report will lead to them being jailed because of embezzling public funds and was using threats to intimidate them, the efforts were futile.
Speaker Chitwah led the assembly in recording statements with the police noting that he would not take the threats lightly.
"This is a threat that I don't take lightly. I have made a statement with the police and I ask my MCAs who also received the same message to move quickly and record statements with the police too," Chitwah said.
He called for speedy investigations into the matter, noting that police had taken it serious and were working on it.
Assembly's majority chief whip Wycliffe Masini said no member will withdraw from the committee or change their position because of the threats.
The committee is expected to table the report in the assembly on Tuesday.
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