Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru has blasted and issued a demand letter to People Daily for their headline article that claimed alleged misappropriation of Ksh. 77 million in the county.
The County Governor in a letter stated that while she had instructed her lawyers to take action against the newspaper, she was disgusted with how People Daily were being used by her rivals to peruse a corruption narrative to achieve their political goals. She claimed that the story was false and malicious.
“The entire amount paid on the Mwea-Makima project by my administration was Ksh. 3 million, to the company that was awarded the works which are completely different from the one alleged by the People Daily. That information is easily and readily available and verifiable.”
The allegation about y government paying 77 million shillings to some company is blatantly untrue and without foundation. It is shameless and abdication of basic journalistic ethics for the newspaper not to verify the basic facts before publishing and especially on the front page,” read part of the statement.
Waiguru pointed out that irresponsible reporting and politicization of the war against corruption is what fuels public skepticism.
Her lawyers stated that the article painted the County Governor’s image in a bad light to the society as there was no evidence to prove the allegations.
Her lawyers went on to demand an apology published on the front page of the newspaper with the same size print and picture, admission of liability, and compensation within seven days or take legal action.
The story published by the newspaper claimed that a woman by the name Regina Mwaura who owns a workshop in Kerugoya had been summoned by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) offices in Nyeri.
The report stated that she was under investigation over Ksh. 77 million paid to her company, Lewis Suppliers in the Mwea-Makima water project. Regina however denied the accusations saying that despite her company.