Murang’a senator vows not be intimidated

Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura has vowed to move on in questioning how funds allocated to the county government were utilized.

Gitura dismissed claims that he was at war with Governor Mwangi wa Iria but stressed that he has an oversight rule to ensure the county funds are utilized prudently.

Speaking when he attended a church serve in Murang’a town on Sunday, Gitura who is also the Senate deputy speaker noted that there are many questions concerning misuse of funds by the county executive which need answers.

I will not be intimidated by anyone when l am questioning how public funds were used as I was elected to provide oversight role in the devolved units, and I can’t keep quiet to observe graft prevail in the county government, he said.

On December 29, the Governor accused Gitura of engaging in politics of hatred for labeling him as a corrupt leader.

Wa Iria claimed Gitura was tarnishing his name by going around the county terming him as corrupt and embezzling money meant for development.

On his part Gitura said he was not at war with the governor but just exercising his constitutional mandate as a senator.

I’m not going to insult anybody but the question I raised concerning purchase of land in Makuyu by the county government at inflated price should be explained. added the Senator.

Gitura said the governor should come out broadly and explain the procedure used to purchase the land and the importance of the same land the county government procured in Mitumbiri area in Makuyu to justify the allocation.

On the call to scrap the senate as being proposed by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, the Senator said devolution cannot survive without the senate.

He called Kenyans to understand the constitution saying the senate plays very crucial role in ensuring realization of devolution.

By Bernard Munyao