Simba Arati: I’m not going to behave to please Gachagua

Kisii Governor Simba Arati has hit out at Deputy President (DP) Rigathi Gachagua over his past utterances on the withdrawal of security personnel guarding some governors associated with the Azimio Coalition.

The former Dagoretti North Member of Parliament (MP) reiterated that he would never support the DP because he does not show respect to other elected leaders and, especially the governors.

Speaking on Wednesday evening at Tongeri, Bomachoge Borabu Constituency during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the County Aggregation and Industrial Park (CAIP), a visibly agitated Arati said he would not behave in order to please anyone in the name of returning his security.

“Someone whom we can not stand with is that person who hurls insults at us. We are Kenyans and not outsiders. The person who talks about shares tells us to behave so that we can get our security back. I do not need police officers. These citizens are enough like police officers. I am not going to behave anytime soon to please the Deputy President,” Governor Arati said as a jubilant crowd that had attended the function cheered him on.

DP Gachagua is on record saying that the government will keenly watch the ‘behaviour’ of the affected governors before reinstating their security.

Police bodyguards assigned to governors were allegedly withdrawn after it was claimed they were facilitating Azimio la Umoja’s anti-government protests.

Trade and Investment Cabinet Secretary (CS) Moses Kuria who was also at the groundbreaking ceremony today, made it clear that he did not want to ruffle any feathers and refrained from making statements that could potentially land him in trouble.

“From today I don’t want any trouble with anyone, I told you the truth but you don’t want to listen to me, let me do my job. I will create jobs for Kenyans, I will build industrial parks everywhere, I will find markets for your products and I will fight poverty,” he said.

Earlier in the morning, Kuria ‘apologised’ for his recent blistering remarks on skyrocketing fuel prices.

In a loaded statement, Kuria publicly apologised to “Dr Boni Khalwale and his master” for his posts on the fuel economy in which he speculated that prices will only go up before they get better.

In a tweet laced with a tone of sarcasm, Kuria wrote, “Dear Kenyans. On Friday, 15th September, I made some comments indicating that the price of fuel is likely to go up in the coming months owing to global dynamics. I have since been advised by people like Dr. Boni Khalwale and his master that the statement was incorrect, insensitive, and ARROGANT. I am made to now understand that the price will come down. I apologize profusely since to err is human.”

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