Kabogo Accuses Political ‘Enemies’ of Sabotaging Development
Kabogo accused the political 'enemies' of being bent on ensuring that no tangible development is realized in the county for their 'cheap' political interests.
Speaking in Thika just a day after a demonstration by Thika Business Community and Traders opposed to the hiked levies and rates imposed by the County Government, Kabogo said that there was a clique of leaders who wanted the County Government to fail so that they can use this "failure" as a political tool in a bid to deny him a chance to be re-elected as Kiambu Governor come 2017.
"These people see nothing good from my government. They want to ensure that my Government does not impose levies or rates to render services to the people so that when 2017 comes, they will go round accusing me of total failure and ensure that I am not re-elected," he said.
Kabogo said no government can achieve its mandate and service delivery without collecting levies and rates.
"Even the Holy Bible says that give to God what belongs to God and give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar," he added.
Hiking levies and rates
"If you have an issue with the Finance Bill, kindly air your grievances through your Member of the County Assembly. You are burdening me with problems and challenges that are not in my docket."
He was reacting to a major demonstration conducted by Thika residents on Wednesday protesting the hiking of levies and rates, demolition of kiosks, alleged corruption and failure to deliver services by the county government.
The residents, led by Thika MP Alice Wambui Ng'ang'a, Kiambu MP Jude Jomo and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wa delivered a memorandum of the levies and rates that they demanded the council should adopt.
The rates they wanted adopted are those charged in 2009.
"These people are so ignorant. We are not in 2009 and we are growing. The demand for service delivery is huge and therefore need more levies and rates to deliver our mandate," added Kabogo.
"I am not a political starter and I dare whoever think he can wrench power from me to think twice or thrice because I am prepared and well equipped for a political duel," he said confidently.
By Maureen Murimi