President Kenyatta hits Ps Wairagu below the belt on new directives

Ps Wairagu has been launching development projects in Muranga with local leaders endorsing him to seek Muranga governor position in 2022

By Ndungu Gachane

Principal Secretary for Water and Irrigation Joseph Wairagu has been dealt a major blow by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s new directive on calling for collective responsibility by the Cabinet when launching or inspecting the national government projects.

In a press release from Spokesperson’s office on July 7, the Head of State directed the involvement of entire ministerial establishments during the implementation of government projects to ensure quality outcomes.

“The President said collective responsibility should be demonstrated by enhanced presence and visibility of government on ground through inspection of projects and robust public engagements,” the press release read in part.

He also warned the government officials against corruption and wrong doing saying there was no room for the vices in his adminstration.

He added that government focus in this financial year will be implementation and completion of ongoing priority projects and programs as set out in his administration’s transformative agenda for the nation.

The directives to involve the Cabinet in inspecting the projects comes barely a week after Ps Wairagu visited Muranga franked by politicians and local leaders to launch a borehole in Gatanga where he was endorsed to seek Muranga governorship in 2022.

Mr Wairagu has locked horns with governor Mwangi Wa Iria who has been calling for his resignation for politicizing water projects in Muranga to gain political mileage.

Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has been accusing Wairagu of conducting politics with water projects

What followed after Wairagu’s endorsement was a tug of war between Wairagu and Wa Iria supporters at hotel Jambo in Mukuyu.

Other than Wairagu, three Cabinet Secretaries and a Principal Secretary have also locked horns with their governors over claims of undermining sitting governors as they angle for gubernatorial seats in the next General Election.

The Cses Peter Munya, Sicily Kariuki, Joe Mucheru, and Ps Karanja Kibicho have been accused of breaching the law by engaging in politics while holding public offices.

While the officers who have been making tours purportedly to inspect national government projects have not officially announced their respective bids, their actions and body language and the animosity between them and county bosses have left little to imagination.

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