16 January 2014

Kenya: Murang'a Leader Defends Sh3 Billion Project Fund

Murang'a Governor Mwangi wa Iria has threatened to take legal action against leaders who have been peddling lies on development programmes initiated by the county government.

He said he is disturbed by the current anti-development agenda remarks coming from a section of leaders in the region. He said the leaders have been rubbishing the Murang'a Investment Cooperative popularly known as 'shilingi kwa shilingi'.

"I have put leaders on notice that I will not entertain anyone peddling malicious rumours on matters pertaining to cooperative movements in Murang'a," Iria said.

Addressing hundreds of youth leaders affiliated to national youth council on Wednesday, he said the cooperative was duly registered by the Ministry of Trade and Cooperative Development. Iria said they will not tolerate individuals out to kill his dream of empowering the local community.

He said he will take legal action against the politicians and anyone else 'throwing stones' at his projects. Wa Iria said there is need to revive cooperatives as they are key in economic development.

He said the investment cooperative is under the management Delloitte and Touché to ensure transparency and accountability. Wa Iria said politicians advising the public against the cooperative are misleading.

"I am very disappointed by Murang'a elected leaders especially the Senate Deputy Speaker Kembi Gitura. If they don't stop peddling lies, they will face the wrath of the law," he said.

Two weeks ago, a section of leaders during a church function at St Stephens Njumbi ACK church warned residents against registering as members.

'Shilingi kwa Shilingi' targets to recruit 100,000 members who will raise Sh 3 billion to start development projects in the region by venturing into projects by real estates in March this year.

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