'I won't behave and I don't need security,' Kisii Governor Arati says as he tells off DP Gachagua
Kisii Governor Simba Arati has told off Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua for suggesting that security details attached to county bosses will be withdrawn by the State to ensure compliance lest they "behave themselves."
Arati's sentiments come nearly two months after the state withdrew the security details of Azimio Governors Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu), James Orengo (Siaya), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay) and Ochilo Ayacko (Migori).
Speaking in Kisii County on Wednesday during the unveiling of the region's industrial park, Arati made it clear that he does not need State security to carry out his mandate further adding that should Gachagua decide to follow through on his threat, the Kenyan public is more than capable of offering him necessary security support.
"Huyo mwingine anasema governors must behave ndiposa mpate askari wenu. I don't need police officers; hao wananchi ni askari wa kutosha. I'm not going to behave anytime soon to please the Deputy President," said Arati.
"I am going to do what these people have sent me to do with my conscience. Tutaweza aje sisi magavana arobaini na saba eti magavana watano toa askari, nyang'anya wao bunduki...kwani nia yako ni gani? Hatuhitaji hao askari; hiyo biashara ya kutishwa tishwa hatuwezi kubali."
Arati likewise assured under-fire Trade Cabinet Secretary (CS) Moses Kuria of his support. Kuria has recently been castigated for erratically engaging Kenyans questioning the government's decision to increase fuel prices.
The CS was targeted on social media after a video of him telling Kenyans to dig their own wells if they are dissatisfied with the fuel hikes circulated on various platforms.
"Unapoongea tutasimama na wewe; sisi ni watu wa opposition lakini tutasimama na waziri na rais kama wanafanya vitu mzuri. Mtu ambaye hatuwezi simama na yeye ni mtu anatusi sisi. Kaa ngumu; tutasimama na wewe. Wakikufukuza pande ile kuja pande hii tutashirikiana tuone vile tutachukua serikali."
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