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Kirinyaga MCAs slash Waiguru’s legal budget from KSh 60m to KSh 1m

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The tug of war and show of political mighty between Governor Anne Waiguru and members of the Kenyaraga county assembly seems to be far from over.

Barely days after the Senate presided over the dispute and vindicated the embattled governor, the MCAs who instantly vowed to continue pushing for justice have pulled a first one by slashing the governor’s KSh 60 million legal fees to KSh 1 million.

Kirinyaga MCAs reduce Governor Waiguru's legal fees budget from KSh 60m to KSh 1m

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru in her office. Photo: Anne Waiguru.
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In a session held on Tuesday, June 30, to approve KSh 5.5 billion budget, the ward reps argued the amount allocated for the county government to deal with legal issues was too much and needed to be slashed to support other important sectors such as education.

The county assembly went on another killer mission and chopped off the budget allocated to the office of the county secretary from a staggering KSh 111 million to a skinflint KSh 1 million.

Kirinyaga MCAs reduce Governor Waiguru's legal fees budget from KSh 60m to KSh 1m

Kirinyaga county assembly proceedings. Photo: David Mathenge.
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Interestingly, the office of the deputy governor which had not been allocated anything in the budget was awarded KSh 15. 6 million by the assembly

Waiguru’s deputy, Peter Ndambiri, has not been in good terms with the county boss for the last six months and a section of MCAs have been leaning on his side.

“We had to act when we discovered that the office of the deputy governor had not been allocated any funds by the devolved government. This is an important office and it can’t operate without finances,” said one of the MCAs

He was partially linked to the powerful forces that were pushing for the impeachment of the governor.

Kirinyaga MCAs reduce Governor Waiguru's legal fees budget from KSh 60m to KSh 1m

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Members of the Kirinyaga county assembly. Photo: Daily Nation.
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Ndambiri has, however, taken a back seat and has not been in the public limelight ever since the censure motion against Waiguru began to gain momentum.

When the Senate delivered its verdict on the elusive motion that attracted the interests of many Kenyans across the country, the 23 wards reps who voted for Waiguru’s ouster converged and affirmed their resolve to continue pushing for the governor’s impeachment.

As they slashed Waiguru’s legal fees in the budget, the MCAs through lawyer Ndegwa Njiiru filed a case at the High Court seeking to overturn the decision of the Senate on the impeachment of the governor.





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