Ministers' official cars withdrawn over alleged involvement in politics instead of development

Government takes action against ministers

File image of KRA officials inspecting a vehicle. Kiambu ministers' official cars withdrawn by deputy governor James Nyoro over alleged involvement in politics instead of development

Two cabinet ministers in Kiambu County have lost their official cars and drivers over an alleged tussle between Deputy Governor James Nyoro and suspended Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

DG Nyoro told reporters that the two were stripped of their official privileges because they were "engaging in politics instead of development".

The two are: Transport minister Juliet Kimemia and her Finance counterpart Kigo Njenga who confirmed that their cars were confiscated as early as Friday and their drivers had already been reassigned.

"My official car was withdrawn on Friday morning. Nyoro is trying to humiliate me because he views me as a political threat and thinks I will vie for the governor's seat in 2022. What he is doing is illegal," Njenga told Nation.

Casualties of Nyoro versus Waititu power struggle

On the same day, the Finance minister - Mr Njenga - was transferred to the Tourism docket and was replaced with one Wilson Kang'ethe, according to a Gazette Notice.

The drastic actions by DG Nyoro are said to be the result of power struggles between the DG and Governor Waititu, who was barred from visiting his office until a corruption case against him is heard and determined.

DG Nyoro earlier in the month sponsored a fully-paid trip for Kiambu Assembly MCAs and a section of the county government's administration team which was reported as a retreat with no particular agenda.

The trip was seen as a means to ensure that members of the county leadership team warm up to him.

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