Waiguru, Kibicho exchange words over Sh15 billion KEMRI project


Kirinyaga County Governor Ann Waiguru has accused Interior PS Karanja Kibicho of engaging in politics and told him to either resign and do politics or concentrate on his duties to provide security.

This backlash comes after the interior PS claimed that Waiguru was trying to sabotage the Sh15 billion proposed Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Mwea constituency.

The governor on Saturday accused Kibicho of engaging in local politics instead of concentrating on matters of security and told him to resign because he cannot do the two at a time.

“If PS Kibicho wants to engage in village politics and insults, he should resign and join others in early campaigning,” Waiguru said.

The governor assured Kirinyaga County people that the County has already signed the MoU with KEMRI to ease the implementation of the project and forwarded it to KEMRI for execution.

She further added that she was committed to making sure that the interests of people of Kirinyaga are met.

According to her, all she wants in the project is 30 percent manual and non-technical jobs for Kirinyaga residents.

On Friday, PS Kibicho accused Waiguru of interrupting the project by delaying to hand over  100-acre of the land title deed to KEMRI.

The County has allocated 100 acres of land for the project at Wamumu, Mwea, but has been delaying to release the title deed.

Governor Waiguru had earlier said they would not release the title deed to KEMRI until they signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to employ locals for casual work in the project.

“We are the ones issuing out the land for free, but the only thing we are asking of the institution is a contract indicating that a certain percentage of the jobs will be given to Kirinyaga residents before we can release the land documents.” She had earlier said.

Kibicho added that it’s the residents who will lose out if the project is transferred to another county.

A week ago, President Uhuru had directed Waiguru to resolve their disputes with KEMRI over the project for work to start immediately.

Uhuru stated that the project should not only benefit the people of Kirinyaga but the entire Mount Kenya Region.

“There should be no problem issuing jobs to residents. I am asking you to prepare the MoU and let the institution sign it next week so that the project doesn’t delay any further.” He told Waiguru.

The project that is in the Wamumu area involves the construction of a medical research and teaching center, level  5 Hospital, and a medical supplies factory.

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