Nyeri MCAs demand refund of cash they contributed for colleague’s treatment

By: GUCHU NDUNG’U

When Nominated MCA Zipporah Wangechi Njithi asked her colleagues to contribute money to enable her travel to India for thyroid cancer treatment, she was elated when they raised over Sh500,000 of the Sh3 million she required.

But that contribution has become her source of anguish.

This is after 13 Nyeri MCAs on Monday wrote a letter to her demanding a refund of the money they contributed to enable her travel to India for treatment.

They claim she never went to India but instead went on holiday to Mombasa.

She, however, denies this and even produces documents to show that she really went to India.

The petition by her colleagues was also sent to the clerk of the county assembly.

‘WENT TO MOMBASA’

In the letter to the assembly, the MCAs are claiming that Ms Njithi did not travel to India but was instead holed up in a hotel in Mombasa.

According to Rugi Ward MCA Njoroge Githaiga, one of those who signed the letter demanding a refund, Ms Njithi used the proceeds from the harambee to buy two cars and go on holiday.

“The breakdown was very clear. She was to use Sh1 million for three months’ stay, another for treatment and the other for other expenses. We later realised she was in Mombasa,” said Mr Githaiga.

Mr Githaiga said they have given her up to Monday next week to refund the money.

“How can you go to India for only two days? This is criminal. We want this investigated as fraud.

“We are also giving her another letter on Tuesday so she can explain how she spent the cash,” said the MCA.

When the Nation visited the MCA at Skuta in Nyeri, she broke down in tears when reporters broached the question.

After composing herself, she denied claims that she was in Mombasa and produced photos of her at Fortis Memorial Hospital in India.

“I went to the hospital on April 23 and stayed for 10 days. Even my passport is stamped and shows all the details. I just recovered faster,” said the nominated MCA.

She received the petition by her colleagues on Monday after it was dropped in her pigeon hole where MCAs receive official communication on assembly matters.

“I felt heartbroken when I saw the letter. I did not apply to get cancer. Do I have to die for people to believe I was sick?” she wondered as she breaks down again.

“I was earning even before I became an MCA. I had a car even before. I just traded it in for a new one and this happened almost six months after the surgery,” she said of allegations that she used the money to buy a car.

The mother of three attributes her tribulations to her support for Governor Nderitu Gachagua, who is facing impeachment threats from a group of Nyeri MCAs.

“However, I will return money to everyone who signed the petition. The rest I leave to God,” says Ms Njithi.

Her daughter was also dismayed by the allegations made against her mother.

“Do they want her to die so the money can be of use to them? Should we not be glad she recovered faster” asked the MCas daughter Hannah Wangari.