A school funds drive organized by Tharaka Member of parliament to raise money to kick start Kamujwa secondary school in Kithiino Tharaka South Sub County turned to be a political arena when various aspirants vying for MCA and MPs position made their way in.
Being the organizer of the event, Murugara found his way in earlier and saw the fundraiser kick off smoothly in presence of officials from his office and parents at Kamujwa primary school grounds.
However in the midst of day’s business, political aspirants started trooping in motorcades franked by their supporters into the event to aid raise funds for construction of Kamujwa secondary school.
The first aspirant to get in was JM Nyaga a young and vibrant blood who has declared to run for Tharaka Member of Parliament seat in the coming polls.
As the commotion JM had caused settled and normalcy resumed, another aspirant for Tharaka MP Seat and an academician Francis Mutegi Kabisani trooped in hyped pomp, colour manner franked by area Chiakariga MCA Njagi Murandi worsening the earlier commotion.
It took the efforts of MP Murugara to calm down the crowd that had already become restless to restore calmness and the event resumed.
As it is the norm in every gathering manifested by politicians, every aspirant had to be offered a chance to address the gathering and make their contribution with a prior warning that the gathering was purely educational oriented and not a politicking arena
When JM rose to address the gathering, he viciously attacked the incumbent MP in his eyes accusing of impunity in handling CDF kitty to an extent of making it become of no use to constituents.
JM faulted Murugara for what he called mishandling CDF money meant for development in Tharaka Constituency and as a result the MP has now turned to organizing harambees to put up schools.
“It is a shame for a sitting MP who is getting allocation every year for development to conduct harambees with a purpose of building a school while CDF money is enough for such initiatives. You should come out clear where you directs the allocations you gets to,’’ JM ranted.
Attacks to the MP continued as Kabisani took to the podium where he castigated Murugara over his laxity to lobby for development projects for Tharaka unlike it is being witnessed in other regions.
Kabisani said it is worrying that President Kenyatta is winding up his term when Chiakariga has not been granted a district as promised during campaigns but notably other regions promised the same currently have a DC in office.
“When Uhuru was campaigning, he promised us a district together with Igambangombe and Thagichu districts. But as we talk, Igambangombe has a DC at Kajuki, same case with Thagichu who also got their DC deployed. Why then don’t you push for our DC the same way you did for Thagichu?’’ Kabisani paused.
Further, Kabisani said the CDF bursaries being given from the MP’s office is a drop in the ocean as the amount is too little to have any impact in huge school fees that students are paying in universities while in other constituencies students are getting a reasonable amount.
In a fierce retaliation to the attacks made on him, Murugara defended himself from the district issue saying that it was granted during the campaign for the second term of president Kenyatta unlike the other two districts granted in campaigns for the first term.
Therefore Murugara said President Kenyatta having secured his second and last term in office, he is caring less and his efforts to follow up the matter has been fruitless.
“The district being referred to was issued by the president when he asking for his second term. Having gotten what he wanted, the president has been reluctant in keeping promises he made during his campaigns to the people of Kenya,’’ he said.
“Personally I have been in and out of the office of Interior C.S Fred Matiangi following up the matter with him but the efforts have been fruitless,’’ he added.
On the issue of bursaries, the MP said it has never been his role to distribute the CDF bursaries but the responsibility is bestowed on committees who sit and decides who to give and what amount and thus his work is to ensure the overall amount is released for distribution.
Murugara faulted young politicians and youths engaging in politics of insults and chaos and urged residents to shun such people for progress of Tharaka.
Although the event was mulled with pull and push, the move to open a new secondary school was well received by locals who said the school will be of great impact to the community.
According to Nkarini secondary school Principal Robert Muthiini Njagi, the school will provide a better and accessible haven for the area students to school.
He said students who hails from the area but are forced to attend his school have severally risked drowning in the nearby streams when it rains among other challenges like getting to school late.
Tharaka Nithi county deputy governor Francis Nyamu Kagwima strongly condemned the kind of politics played during the funds drive and advised young politicians and youths to engage in issue based politics and not insults.
He said it is not yet time to campaign and elected leaders should be offered humble time to deliver before time lapses and campaigns kicks off.