- The activities of Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua's wife have put him on the war path with his opponent
- Apparently, Mutua 'illegally' released KSh 40 million tax free government funds that his wife has been dishing out to women and matatu conductors
- Wavinya Ndeti and a host of other Ukambani leaders have written to IEBC, calling for Mutua's disqualifications from the August polls
The battle for the Machakos gubernatorial seat continues to intensify 21 days to the poll as incumbent Governor Alfred Mutua and Wiper Party’s Wavinya Ndeti collided again.
Apparently, Ndeti, her running mate Peter Mathuki, Mavoo Member of Parliament Patrick Makau and Woman Rep candidate Joyce Kamene called for Mutua’s disqualifications because of his wife’s activities in the county.
According to Ndeti, Lilian Nganga –Mutua’s wife- was giving out money indistinguishable from voter bribery.
“Governor Mutua’s initiative of giving women loans three weeks to the eletion is voter bribery and an electoral offense as defined in the elections act. The applicants are getting an enticement fee of up to KSh 3,000 payable after two months,
“Tis money was neither budgeted for in the 2016/2017 financial year nor was it approved by the county assembly. The sponsor of the so-called table banking is Lilian Nganga. In what capacity is she administering county government funds?” posed the leaders.
The Standard on Sunday, July 16, reported that Governor Mutua had launched a KSh 40 million interest free table banking initiative for women in Mwala sub-county across 40 wards earlier last week.
“We have written to the IEBC and asked for action to be taken on the governor. I ask women not to sign the forms as they will be forced to repay the money after the election. KSh 3,000 is too little for one to for business,
“The county government should not have given a tax waiver to small scale traders without the approval of the county assembly. Mutua committed an economic crime which amoungs to economic sabotage,” said Ndeti.
The two gubernatorial candidates have been going for each others’ neck for months now. A few days ago, Ndeti sensationally claimed Mutua and a number of county assembly officials had been planning to burn down county government buildings to destroy financial misappropriation evidence before the election.
Mutua turned the tables on her, saying that if such a scheme existed, then it was planned out by Ndeti and her people. He also announced that he’d written to the International Criminal Court among other agencies to monitor Ndeti’s utterances and activities.
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