If there was a time Kenyans expected our elected leaders to behave humanly, then that time is now.
The country is battling a pandemic that has threatened to tear down the entire world.
It’s therefore appalling to see Kirinyaga MCAs openly flaunting their insatiable hunger for county tenders at this time of the day.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with doing business with County governments.
However, what we have in Kirinyaga is a deliberate attempt to arm-twist and blackmail the county administration to meet the demands of a few hungry characters.
A few weeks ago, Majority Leader James Kamau Murango marshaled a team of MCAs and issued a one-week ultimatum to Governor Waiguru, vowing to impeach her if she failed to meet their demands.
What Murango and his partners in crime never told us during the press conference is that the main issue driving the battles with the Governor is the county tenders they never secured.
To make their demands look legitimate, they had to draw in the issue of the controversy on a piece of land to be allocated to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).
While in Kirinyaga last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta asked the two parties to expedite the Memorandum of Understanding so that Kirinyaga residents’ interests are considered.
Among the demands by Kirinyaga County is an assurance of 30 percent of manual and non-technical jobs for residents.
The county administration heeded to this directive and signed the MoU, later forwarded it to Kemri for execution.
The sideshows by Murango and team are therefore only meant to conceal the real reasons behind their rebellion.
Sources close to the outspoken Majority Leader indicate that in the last few weeks, his schedule has been laden with several hotel meetings with a number of MCAs.
The same MCAs have been using bursary money to advance their political goals, still protesting the Governor’s efforts to ensure accountability for the bursary funds.
Instead of the normal practice where the MCAs allocate the bursary fund, Governor Waiguru had come up with the idea of committees to vet the applicants.
The MCAs saw this as a direct attack. They opposed it.
We are also familiar with what transpired in Nairobi, where bursary funds meant for needy students found their way into private accounts linked to Nairobi MCAs.
A close associate to the majority leader says that Murango’s plan is to have Waiguru impeached at whatever cost before the end of the year.
Murango is already wooing the Deputy Governor, who would be required to appoint him as Deputy Governor once the impeachment sails through.
This would boost Murango’s chances of clinching the seat in 2022.
It’s sad that as we strive to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, our elected leaders are fighting for county tenders and 2022 formations.
One would have expected them to be busy in the villages educating the people about the pandemic.
Or at least be busy providing handwashing points with running water in public places in their respective wards.
Instead, Murango is overworking from ‘home’.
Dishing out money to MCAs thought to have been Waiguru’s allies to buy their allegiance.
Preparing an impeachment motion, the only vehicle to his political stardom?