Interior PS Karanja Kibicho has responded to Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru over her claims over the weekend that the national government has sidelined her in the ongoing preparations for the Mashujaa Day on Wednesday.
Speaking at the Ndindiruku village on Sunday, Dr. Kibicho dismissed the Kirinyaga governor’s claims, saying the government had asked the county’s leaders to each nominate five individuals to attend the October 20th celebrations.
”We even have a WhatsApp group forum where we exchange views on the preparation of the fete where the county is represented by ten officials. The issue of sidelining the governor should not arise,” the Interior PS said, adding that Mashujaa is a national day and the big role of the preparations is given to the National Celebrations Committee.
”Mashujaa Day is for the whole country and Kirinyaga is just a host. The county is not supposed to organise such an event and she should know that. We should be peaceful and allow the President to address the nation. Once the celebrations are over, we can face off after the President leaves,” Dr. Kibicho added.
Speaking on Saturday to a local publication, Anne Waiguru complained she was completely shut out of the Mashujaa Day preparations, despite being the host governor, something she attributes to her recent political pronouncements and being seen as leading towards UDA.
”I have been sidelined from Mashujaa Day preparations. I have not had a say on who is going to be in the stadium, I have no say at all as the host. They said the County Commissioner is the one who is running the show so I absolutely have no say,” the Kirinyaga governor said.