The Star (Nairobi)

4 January 2014

Kenya: Kiambu MPs Lash Out At Keter, Linturi

Keter and Linturi had commented on Uhuru's leadership and the appointment of parastatal heads. Speaking on different occasions yesterday, Limuru MP John Kiragu and his Juja counterpart Francis Waititu said Uhuru is acting within his constitutional ju- risdiction.

They accused Keter and Linturi of perpetuating tribalism and fuelling animosity. The two MPs said they support Thursday's appointment of Abduba Dida, Danson Mungatana, former MPs Njeru Ndwiga, Fred Kapondi and Samuel Poghisio, and lawyer Gershom Otachi as new boards' chairmen.

Speaking at Tigoni District Hospital in Limuru, Kiragu defended the President over the appointment of former head of public service Francis Muthaura. He said Muthaura is qualified for the job. Muthaura was appointed chairman of the Lamu Port-South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor Development Authority.

"People should not make propaganda out of this because the President has acted within his constitutional mandate," Kiragu said. Speaking in his office, Waititu accused Keter of being "selfish". He said the "political marriage between Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto will remain stable".

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