Meru Woman Rep Kawira Mwangaza has accused her opponents of planting people to scuttle her work that has been entrenched at the grassroots, as the race for county gubernatorial seat hots up.
She accused a local female leader of being a bleached gakunia (traitor), planted by a key rival to go to the villages tarnishing her name.
Kawira Mwangaza said the opponents were wondering why she was giving all her money to women groups.
Kawira Mwangaza appealed to the electorate to reject leaders who had neglected them after getting posts in the last elections but were now trooping back now that 2022 is near.
She said many leaders had deserted the electorate and relocated to Nairobi and other urban areas but had started visiting the grassroots after three years elapsed and urged them to choose various leaders wisely.
Addressing women groups Akaiga village, Mikinduri area where she distributed cheques worth Sh100,000 to each cluster, Ms. Mwangaza said she was still in the race to dislodge Governor Kiraitu Murungi.
Agriculture CS Peter Munya who served as the first county governor is also expected to contest.
Kawira Mwangaza claimed that since she announced her desire to contest the gubernatorial seat, she had faced various challenges including physical and verbal attacks, but said she would not be discouraged.
“The recent attack at my home was political because of my dream to be governor but I am encouraged by my supporters. Just the way you prayed for and supported me for this seat, I believe you will help me get the governor’s post,” said Kawira Mwangaza.
The MP encouraged the women to embrace entrepreneurship in order to combat unemployment and help empower themselves economically.
She said that once elected, she would boost healthcare, access to water, road network, education, ease of doing business, and access to electricity.
Mwangaza challenged other elected leaders, especially Murungi, to show how they spent funds allocated to the county, observing that the devolved unit received billions of shillings every financial year.
“If I give out Sh1, he should match it with Sh1million, because that is how it is. My kitty is smaller than that of an MCA who is allocated Sh20million for one ward. However, some leaders are unhappy that I use my kitty and also reveal how much they receive,” said the Woman Rep.
Kawira Mwangaza appealed to voters to shun leaders who engage in voter bribery and instead interrogate their service delivery.