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Daily Nation : February 2nd 2014
22 | Sunday Review LEADERSHIP | Governor has come under fire from MPs and county leaders over his style of leadership MP who has taken Kabogo head-on First-time legislator says she will not be cowed by governor’s antics, and has what it takes to lead BY SAMWEL BORN MAINA @Bornmaina email@example.com AND FRANK NJENGA T I went to the electorate to seek their votes, I do not see where the issue of husbands comes in” Ms Ng’ang’a, Thika MP hika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a is emerging as one of Governor William Kabogo’s fiercest critics. And Mr Kabogo, too, seems to know this and has of late taken to public forums to belittle the first-time MP. The governor sparked off the latest spat last weekend after he alluded that unmarried women cannot be trusted with leadership. But Ms Ng’ang’a, 37, says at the end of her tenure, the people of Thika will evaluate her performance and not her lack of a husband. “I am the one who went to the electorate to seek their votes, I do not see where the issue of husbands comes in. I am the one to be judged,” she told Sunday Nation in an interview. She said Mr Kabogo will not cow her in any way, insisting that she will continue fighting for the people of Thika. “One is born with virtues; I was born with values and lacking a husband does not mean I do not have virtues,” she said. Her political journey started in 2007 when she unsuccessfully vied for the Juja Constituency seat, losing to the late former MP George Thuo. She was third. In 2010, she trailed Mr Kabogo who won the seat in a by-election. It is in her third attempt last year that she became MP for Thika Town which was hived off Juja Constituency. Ms Ng’ang’a is a mother of a nine-year-old girl and she says she is proud of how she has raised her. “I have taught my daughter good values and will continue to do so; single mothers should not be condemned at all. Normally their children grow to be great,” she said. She says she is not scared of Mr Kabogo because she derives her confidence from the Bible which is against fear. SUNDAY NATION February 2, 2014 Apologise to women, governor told BY FRANK NJENGA House Majority Leader Aden Duale yesterday asked Kiambu Governor William Kabogo to make a public apology for the remarks he made last weekend. Mr Duale, Thika MP Alice Ng’ng’a, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah, Gatundu North MP Njenga Kigo and Tharaka Nithi Women’s Representative Beatrice Nkatha urged Mr Kabogo to take responsibility and apologise. “We are asking Mr Kabogo to FILE | NATION President Uhuru Kenyatta with Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a at a burial in Kiamwangi, Gatundu South, in October last year. “Read 2nd Timothy 1:7 and know I do not fear anybody. Even though colonialists were a dreaded people, the confidence of ill-quipped Africans eventually drove them out and gave Kenya its independence. She says leadership is about consultations and if she was the Governor, she would involve everyone. “You can’t become inaccessible to the electorate, you must involve everyone and, trust me, you will not have problems,” she adds. She says she respects the family institution and would get married if God gave her the right person. “If God will give me a husband, I will not refuse, no woman will refuse,” she says and encourages single women to accept themselves and hopefully, they will meet the right person. apologise for his actions. A good governor should be able to govern his actions and if, indeed Kabogo is the governor of Kiambu, he should put a speed governor to his mouth,” said Mr Duale. “We cannot sit and watch as he brings the county from which the President comes from to shame” he added. “Many people are born of single mothers; we have single mother sisters and they vote. Why should the governor disgrace them?” he asked. “You cannot live on insults and then you want us to give you more money. To help you continue your insults? Mr Ichung’wa asked. He accused some nominated ward reps of being bribed to pass controversial bills. Mr Kigo asked the governor to stop denying what he said and ask for forgiveness.
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