By Josaya Mutugi
Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru is on a warpath with county journalists over their coverage to a news item concerning her controversy with the County Assembly
The county boss has angered journalists working in various media houses in Kirinyaga after calling them ‘unprofessional’ but the furious journalists can’t stomach the sentiments.
It all started on June 4, when the governor issued a presser accusing the County Assembly majority leader of working with the ‘unprofessional’ journalists to spread propaganda that her adminstration had set aside Sh90 million to refurbish her office and to buy revolving chairs.
“I want to categorically state that there is no allocation of the alleged Sh90 million in our supplementary budget and no amount, whatsoever, allocated towards governor’s residence and furniture.
” It is a shame that the Majority Leader who is supposed to advance the government’s agenda is now working with unprofessional journalists to spread such propaganda,” the governor said sparking fury and sharp criticism to the County scribes.
Other than attacking journalists, the governor is also in vicious fight with the County Assembly members who she accused of reallocating Sh100 million from the construction of Kerugoya Medical Complex and an additional Sh30 million from fuel for roads program to ward projects.
But the journalists can’t stomach the insults and intimidations from the governor and have told her off saying they don’t bow to her intimidations and that they will work without fear or favour.
Through Kirinyaga Journalists Association chairperson Githinji Mwangi, the County scribes have trashed the governor’s claims saying they are journalists of repute and observe strict adherence of media ethics.
“Journalists working in the county are professionals and follow ethics while carrying their mandate. I condemn with strongest terms possible any move to profile my members, if the governor find a certain coverage is not favourable to her or her office she has a right of response and we give it freely,” Mr Githinji said through a press release.
Journalists have stood their guts that they will continue discharging their mandate and wants the governor to respect them.
“Kirinyaga media are professional and any news maker whether powerful or not should give us respect as we discharge our mandate. We demand respect from the governor office and other senior officers working under her. We will continue discharging our mandate without fear or favor as per our ethics,” Mr Githinji added