A section of leaders in Kirinyaga county have put Governor Anne Waiguru on the spot over the Sh51.9 million raised for President Uhuru Kenyatta re-election campaigns.
Leaders and residents have put Waiguru and the team that led the campaigns on the defence, asking them to account for the cash.
The money was reportedly contributed by professionals and elected leaders through the initiative of Ms Waiguru in the run up to the October 26 repeat presidential poll.
The leaders are complaining of very few campaign activities in the area and put the committee that was handling the money to task on how the cash was spent.
Residents who participated in the campaigns remember the money raised being deposited in a bank account.
Zipo.co.ke has learnt that two members of the Kirinyaga County Assembly, a senior official at Jubilee headquarters in Nairobi and a Member of Parliament were signatories to the account.
“We want to be told where much of the cash went because only 10 vehicles were branded and few campaign roadshows conducted. This is a scandal,” a Mr Peter Kariuki from Mwea said.
Another resident by the name Ephraim Warui said he learnt with shock that the amount collected was used in the campaigns yet not even a single major political rally was held to drum up support for President Kenyatta
“I was involved in the campaigns and I really doubt that all the money was used for the intended purpose,” said Warui as quoted by the Nation.
Kirinyaga County Assembly Majority Leader Murango Kamau admitted to being a signatory to the account but insisted the money was transparently used in the campaigns.
On October 10, Governor Waiguru announced that a record Sh51.9 million had been raised for President Kenyatta’s re-election campaigns, that the money would be used for roadshows and to mobilise voters in the region. 11,000 registered voters did not turn out to vote in the county.
Ms Waiguru has since dismissed the claims of campaign cash being lost but refused to comment further when questioned by journalists.