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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You are the foolish one, Kimemia tells Nyandarua Governor Waithaka

A file photo of Nyandarua Deputy Governor Waithaka Mwangi and Governor Daniel Waithaka.
A file photo of Nyandarua Deputy Governor Waithaka Mwangi and Governor Daniel Waithaka.

Nyandarua Governor Daniel Waithaka showed insensitivity when he termed residents “empty-headed", Jubilee hopeful Francis Kimemia has said.

Kimemia reacted on Monday to a story in which the county boss called his supporters foolish.

Waithaka said the people of Nyandarua have nothing between their ears for voting for Kimemia during the party primaries.

“If they had, they would chase him away. I'm sorry to say that,” he said on June 15.

Read more: You’re foolish to back Kimemia, Waithaka scolds residents

Kimemia said Waithaka's remarks were a clear sign that Nyandarua has no leadership.

“Who has brains? It is a leader who inspires people, not the other way round,” he said.

The former secretary to the Cabinet, who is poised to win the seat, accused Waithaka of alienating himself from the people.

He said this is why he was the only incumbent governor to suffer a humiliating defeat by taking position four the Jubilee primaries.

Kimemia further lashed out at the Governor for failing to start any meaningful projects in the county.

He singled out the Sh6 million per toilet project as an embarrassment to the people of Nyandarua.

“How can a Governor put up five toilets to the tune of Sh30 million when residents have no basic needs such as water infrastructure? It is a case of misplaced priorities,” he said.

Kimemia, who was with his running mate Cecilia Wanjiru, said other projects, such the purchase of one exotic sheep per ward for improved breeding, were a waste of county resources.

The Governor is said to have bought sheep at Sh250,000 each for every one of the 25 wards during his five-year reign.

Kimemia, who has been at logger-heads with Waithaka since declaring interest in the seat, has promised to revive the county's economy by focusing on improved road infrastructure, water provision, healthcare and education.

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