Senator Edwin Sifuna slams DP Gachagua over interference in county matters

Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has launched a fierce attack on Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, calling him a “national joke” and a “village clown.”

In a statement, Sifuna accused Gachagua of issuing illegal decrees and interfering in the affairs of county governments.

“DP Gachagua has in the past few weeks had a tiff with Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja over management of city affairs, which most right-thinking Kenyans have rightfully ignored given the DP’s unmatched ability to be a national nuisance,” Sifuna said.

“But he has now gone a step further and reportedly declared that he can direct any Governor on what to do,” he added.

Sifuna also slammed Gachagua for his alleged attempts to divide Nairobi into tribal boroughs and for trying to elevate some tribes over others.

“We reject Gachagua’s invitation to elevate some tribes to superior positions over others or his ill-informed agenda of attempting to divide Nairobi into tribal boroughs,” Sifuna said.

Sifuna argued county officials were chosen by representatives of all tribes and cannot be told that one tribe’s interests should take precedence over those of other tribes.

The Senator went on to argue that Gachagua has grossly overestimated his influence in Nairobi politics and should focus on delivering on the promises made by himself and the President.

“It’s obvious Gachagua is still hangover from his glory days as an all-powerful DO confiscating chicken from helpless farmers,” he said.

“It’s a good time to remind him that those days are long gone. Let him keep off the running of county governments and concentrate on delivering the many promises he and the President made to Kenyans, strictly in line with the powers he has under the Constitution,” he added.

The message was underscored to the DP, who urged matatu drivers and other business owners to stay put and carry on with their operations while being assured of protection from the government against Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja’s order to remove public transportation vehicles from the CBD in an effort to relieve congestion in the city.

Gachagua was speaking in Nyeri County when urged the governor not to rush into decisions that will harm residents of the Mt. Kenya region, insisting that they helped him win the position of county boss.


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