Keep away from Kirinyaga, PS warns inciters
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho briefing the media after a peace initiative meeting at Riamugaa village Kirinyaga West Sub- County yesterday
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho has warned politicians from the counties neighboring Kirinyaga said to be planning to cause chaos during the Mashujaa Day Celebrations to keep off from the area.
Kibicho claimed there was intelligence report which pointed that the said politicians were recruiting youths to be transported to Wanguru stadium where this year’s celebrations will be held and disrupt the fete.
From left Infrastructure PS Professor Mwangi Maringa , his Interior colleague Karanja Kibicho and the Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirichi during a peace meeting at Riamugaa village , Kirinyaga West Sub-County yesterday.
Speaking at Ngaru and Riamugaa villages in Kirinyaga Central and Kirinyaga West Sub-Counties respectively during peace sensitization meetings Kibicho said he could not afford to see his people shed blood during such preventable skirmishes .
He said leaders in the county had agreed to pull in one direction and also speak in one voice before , during and after the celebrations just around the corner .
Kibicho warned the ‘foreigners’ to remain at their respective counties and leave the locals alone to go about their business without any undue external influence.
“One ‘General’ Andrew Ngirici and I have been imaginary enemies after some people continued peddling falsehood that I was planning to have him arrested until we met and discovered that it was mare falsehood,”Kibicho disclosed during the two meetings.
Kibicho who also paraded Ngirici in both meetings where they publicly shook hands to declare their new found unity said all area residents had equal rights regardless of their social standing .
“Whether we are working in Nairobi or wherever and the fact remains that we all hail from this wonderful county no one is superior to the other as we share the same status as Human beings ,”he added .
By a show of hands residents in both meeting promised to observe and maintain the highest degree of discipline during the fete by showing love and compassion to the Head of State and his guests .
The jovial residents further agreed to watch the proceedings of the fete through their Television sets due to the minimum number to be allowed at the stadium due to covid pandemic restrictions.
And in that regard Kibicho reiterated that only 3000 people will be allowed into the stadium come the fete through invites only out of whom 2000 will be locals and the rest from the other counties .
“Despite this ultra –modern stadium having a siting capacity of 10,000 people we have restricted this to only 3000 people due to strict observance of the public health covid -19 protocols .We cannot afford to have a similar situation like the Kisumu one where many residents contracted the virus and died after they disregarded the public health directive ,”he warned.
Accompanied by his Infrastructure colleague Professor Mwangi Maringa and several MCA and Parliamentarians , Kibicho said the Head of State deserved his due respect at the venue and his entire stay in the area .
Maringa on the other hand said in 1969 the area had only 53 kilometers of tarmac ‘’ but by the end of this year the county will be boasting of over 600 kilometers of tarmacked roads “.
Maringa further enumerated other development projects the government is undertaking in the county which run into billions of shillings among them the Thiba mega dam , the Sh 1.6 Kirinyaga Water and Sewerage project , the Sh 15 billion KEMRI Research and Referral hospital for the entire Mt Kenya region and the Kennol – Marua dual carriage road .
Also present in the two meetings was the local Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici who urged Youths not to allow themselves to be used by outsiders to cause mayhem against their own people .
She thanked the locals for their overwhelming support when they elected her to the current seat and hoped the same would prevail as she seeks to vie for the area gubernatorial position come next year.