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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is a politician under siege.

Locally, members of county assembly (MCAs) have placed huddles in every move she makes, while nationally she is a lone ranger in her battle with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri).

Recently, the County Service Board’s term came to an end and she nominated four people to take up the posts.

However, MCAs rejected the nominees saying they were not representative of the county’s diversity.

Ms Waiguru also sacked three county executives and nominated new ones. Only the Health executive was confirmed while two were rejected.

Now the government is operating without the Trade and Transport executives.

Last week, the assembly passed a motion abolishing the governor’s Directorate of Liaison and Communications office.

The MCAs termed the office a propaganda tool, saying it was not serving interests of the county government and its residents.


They unanimously endorsed a motion to disband it. Staff will, however, continue staying in office because there is no public service board to send them home.

On Friday, the High Court temporarily halted the move to abolish the office.

MCA Gudson Muchina said the plenary had rejected names of new service board members based on recommendations of the relevant committee.

“The governor has proved that she is not a team player. She is a lone ranger and the best she does is to threaten people by dropping names of powerful members of the national government,” Mr Muchina said.

Ms Waiguru was one of the first three female governors in Kenya. The others are Charity Ngilu of Kitui and the late Joyce Laboso of Bomet.

Three years since her election, Ms Waiguru has set her eyes on a national seat come 2022.

But her support at home has suffered a beating as witnessed in February when all elected leaders from the county – including Senator Charles Kibiru, woman representative Purity Ngirici, four MPs and a number of MCAs – boycotted a consultative meeting she had called in Sagana.

The forum, meant to deliberate on the county’s proposals on the Building Bridges Initative, was later held in Meru.


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