Kirinyaga County Deputy Governor, Peter Ndambiri has expressed concerns about the county’s preparedness to deal with COVID-19.
The news comes after the Health Ministry pointed out that the county was beginning to report increasing cases of COVID-19.
Yesterday alone, the county had 20 new COVID cases. This was more than what the county had reported in weeks prior – three.
Budget stalemate risking lives
Speaking at a funeral in the Ndindiruku, Kirinyaga, Ndambiri said that the budget stalemate was dangerously exposing Kirinyaga residents to the disease.
The DG hit out at the Governor, Ann Waiguru for the lack of preparedness as she and the MCAs engage in a back-and-forth over the county budget.
“At this point, we are not prepared as necessary,” Ndambiri said, “We have seen that money has been set aside for this cause (fighting COVID). But this money is not helping our residents. We don’t have enough beds.”
He called on the governor and the budget committee to sort out the impasse so that the county could upscale its preparations as COVID cases rise.
Peter Ndambiri and Governor Ann Waiguru have not been on the same page politically for a while now.
A battle between Governor and MCAs
Kirinyaga County has hit budgetary strains as the Governor battles with the MCAs who had tried to impeach her.
Last month, Ann Waiguru moved to court to stop the appropriation bill. The governor accused the MCAs of ‘budgeting for none-priority projects.’
The controller of budget stated that the MCAs had created their own budget, which they had intended to pass.
The MCAs, in a counter-accusation, accused the Governor of arm-twisting them to approve the budget.
Kirinyaga Health facilities dilapidated
During Ann Waiguru’s impeachment hearing, Dr Gor Goody, KMPDU SG – Central Region, detailed the run-down state of hospitals in Kirinyaga that has crippled health care in the county.
Peter Ndambiri asked for resolution of the matter.
“I would want this matter resolved once and for all…because we cannot live like this forever. Kirinyaga residents are suffering,” Peter Ndambiri said.