Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s allies kick out assembly minority leader

By: ESTHER MWANGI

MCAs allied to Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua have tightened their control of the assembly after kicking out the minority leader, one week after the leader of the majority suffered the same fate.

This means the governor’s allies now control business in the assembly, which had attempted to impeach Mr Gachagua one month ago.

In a meeting held Wednesday in a Nyeri hotel, the ward reps picked Konyu Ward MCA Arthur Wachira as their new leader.

“Mr Wachira was unanimously endorsed as the minority leader and the same will be communicated to the Speaker,” said Mr John Ndumia, the minority whip.

Mr Ndumia said that the ousted minority leader has also failed to present the interests of the members including welfare and dissemination of information from county assembly service board.

He is also accused of failing to support the government’s agenda in the assembly.

“He had also failed to convene party meetings regularly and thus the members were not being briefed on party matters,” added Mr Ndumia.

RESPOND TO ALLEGATIONS

Minutes from the Wednesday meeting held in the absence of the ousted minority leader, Fredrick Karere, and the deputy Speaker, Joel Maina show that Mr Karere was given a chance to respond to the allegations against him.

Although he was absent, the records show he defended himself and told the members that he was not going to defend his seat.

But according to Mr Karere, the plans to remove him from office were influenced by ‘external forces’.

He said that the meeting was strategically called on a day that he was preparing for his graduation, making it possible for the members to discuss his ouster in his absence.

“All the accusation levelled against me are false because I have done my best to represent the government in the best way possible.

“I wish them all the best, I have no grudge against anyone,” he said in a phone interview with the Nation.

Last week, TNA MCAs elected a new majority leader, Duncan Gituanja, in a move that was also seen to have been engineered by the governor.

Nyeri Speaker David Mugo Thursday endorsed the election of Mr Gituanja, saying he has no powers to stop TNA from appointing a majority leader.

Mr Gituanja’s predecessor, Mr Jesse kamuri, had argued that his removal was illegal.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION