10 December 2018

Kenya: Barbers Reject Equipment From Kiambu Woman Rep

A group of barbers and hair dressers in Thika have rejected equipment loaned to them by Kiambu Woman Rep Gathoni wa Muchomba.

Thika Barbers and Salons Association turned down the Sh1.5 million equipment saying it was substandard and the prices inflated.

In a letter to her office, the group's chairman, Mr Kennedy Lumbasi, said his members would not take the equipment currently at Ms Muchomba's office for two reasons.

One is that the quality does not match the prices tagged, he said.

The association claimed that Ms Muchomba's office was offering them a hair drier worth Sh8,000 at sh10,000, a shaving machine worth Sh2,000 at Sh3,500 and a sink that goes for Sh300 at Sh1,000.

Secondly, they claimed that the Woman Rep's office had initially said that the tools would be issued as grants, only for them to later be asked to pay within a year.

"We decline your project as a whole which confirms that the association has not received any equipment from your office," read the letter.

The tools were commissioned in Thika last month, but were not disbursed as the office planned to have that done when President Kenyatta visited Kiambu last week.

Contacted, Ms Muchomba accused her critics of tainting her project in a bid to settle political scores.

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