The fight for power between Kirinyaga county governor Anne Waiguru and the women representative Purity Ngirici escalated on Sunday.
This after the two clashed over bill boards placement ahead of the Mashujaa day celebrations.
According to reports, county government officials had been sent to pull down two bill board bearing Ngirici’s image in Mwea town and replace them with Waiguru’s.
The officials from an advertising agency arrived in the town early Sunday morning to execute the orders whereby they pulled the billboard bearing Ngirici’s portrait and tried to replace them with Waiguru’s but locals prevented them from doing so.
The standoff forced Ngirici’s husband Andrew Ngirici to intervene and ordered the workers to put back the bill boards.
He said that their actions were wrong while insisting that he had a right to erect his billboards in the town.
Speaking to the press, Ngirici said that Waiguru was trying to provoke chaos as Mashujaa day celebrations near.
He also said that two other billboard at Samson Corner with Ngirici’s images were pulled down on Friday.
According to Andrew, Waiguru was going against what had been agreed during a meeting with Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho.
Last Friday Kibicho revealed that they had received intelligence about plans to disrupt the Mashujaa day celebrations slated for October 20 in Kirinyaga County.
“I have received intelligence reports that there are people who are planning to ruin Kirinyaga from Nyeri, Murang’a and Embu and we are saying we will not allow this. As a government we will not take this lightly,” he said in an interview.
The Mwea East sub–County Commandant David Kitavi said that the purpose of the billboards erections was to make the county beautiful as they prepare for the celebrations
He added that a meeting will be organized with the two parties so as to discuss the issue.
The workers who were putting down the billboard were apprehended and taken to Wanguru Police station but were later released.