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Monday, 8 September 2014

THIKA MP TELLS KABOGO TO CARRY HIS OWN CROSS



Thika MP Alice Ng’ang’a  rekindled her political rivalry with archrival Kiambu county Governor William Kabogo, when she challenged him to go and face the Senate and answer queries on his government’s expenditure if he had nothing to hide.


Speaking at Maguguni in Thika East where she launched the construction of a Sh8 million modern dispensary, Ng’ang’a said people of Kiambu were now suffering because Kabogo has “refused” to go to the Senate committee and clear with it issues the Senate has raised.
“Instead of chest thumping, dilly dallying and playing hide and seek games with the Senate, Kabogo should go to the Senate, if he has nothing to hide. Only the guilty are afraid,” she declared amid applause from those in attendance.

The now fiery and fire spitting MP said while the Kiambu government was pretending all was well, services and development projects were grinding to a halt. She said inpatients in public hospitals were being sent home or to other private hospital since medical officers, interns and consultants had gone on strike for non-payment of their salaries.

“People of Kiambu county continue to suffer because their governor has refused to go to the Senate to clear the air on his government’s expenditure. Leaders must understand it’s their cardinal responsibility and exhibit transparency and accountability especially where public funds are concerned,” she said.

“Personally, I am ready for questioning pertaining to any penny that has passed through my hands,” she said. Later, the MP went to Kimuchu Day Mixed Secondary School in Kiganjo where she commissioned the construction of a Sh10 million dining hall.

Contacted for comment through text message, Kabogo declined to respond. However, the governor has maintained that his efforts to see the Senate committee have been thwarted by the committee itself. He says that when he went to the committee, the scheduled meeting was canceled at the eleventh hour. He says that his deputy and a finance executive committee member were sent away when they went to meet the committee. Kabogo maintains that the committee is not after the county expenditure but is after his jugular. 

Ng’ang’a launched the construction of a Sh8 million Karibaribi Mixed Day Secondary School administration block in Karibaribi location where she said the school had earlier got Sh560,000.
She promised to finance the stalled St George Centre of Excellence Secondary School in Karibaribi and look into ways and means of turning it into a boarding boys high school. In Kiandutu slums, Ng’ang’a started the erection of a perimeter wall for Kianjau Primary School at a cost of Sh9 million as a measure to keep grabbers at bay, the MP said.

The TNA MP said she was out to transform education system in Thika and ensure all eligible schoolgoing children get maximum education.

The MP was accompanied by Kiambu county nominated rep Mary Mwangi, CDF chairman Ibrahim Njihi, treasurer Emmah Wanjiku and bursary committee chairman Bishop Maina. Ng’ang’a also launched the construction of Kimuchu, Athena and Karibaribi AP posts. Each police post will cost the CDF Sh4 million. These projects are geared towards beefing up security and attract investment in Thika and its environs.

“We want to ensure that Thika is the safest place for investment and to reside in. This will create employment and wealth for our people,” said the legislator.