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.


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