In Summary
  • Mr Samboja was unhappy with Dr Ruto’s remarks that the county leadership should stop being childish in handling of the stalemate.
  • The governor was reacting to Dr Ruto’s comments on Sunday in which he termed the plan to dissolve the county assembly as upuuzi (nonsense).
  • Mr Samboja said Dr Ruto used the wrong language to address a problem he called “serious and complex.”

Trouble in Taita Taveta County deepened Monday after Governor Granton Samboja told off Deputy President William Ruto over remarks regarding the budget stalemate that has grounded activities for more than three months.

Mr Samboja, once a staunch ally of the DP, was unhappy with Dr Ruto’s remarks that the county leadership should stop being childish in handling of the stalemate.

Accusing the DP of “belittling the county leadership”, Mr Samboja told Dr Ruto to concentrate on solving pressing matters like land grabbing and the persistent squatter challenges within Taita, “as he doesn’t have a good understanding of the budget impasse.”

'WE DON'T NEED HELP'

“We know our problems will find a formula to sort out the stalemate. We don’t need Ruto’s help nor counsel over our internal affairs. That’s why you have not seen me going to his office to ask for help but instead reached out to President Uhuru Kenyatta and (opposition leader) Raila Odinga,” Mr Samboja told mourners on Monday during a funeral in Wundanyi.

“We don’t need his counsel and that is why even when I said we should dissolve the county assembly, I reached out to every other national leader but him. The petition will not land at his desk, so he cannot purport to speak on behalf of the presidency,” Mr Samboja charged.

'NONSENSE' REMARKS

The governor was reacting to Dr Ruto’s comments on Sunday in which he termed the plan to dissolve the county assembly as upuuzi (nonsense).

While speaking at Bughuta grounds in Voi on Sunday, Dr Ruto said the President will not dissolve the county assembly over what he termed as petty issues that could be resolved amicably, adding that the impasse had derailed development in the county.

“We cannot dissolve the county government because of differences between leaders. That is nonsense,” he said.

He said the national government will not be part of the dispute between the governor and the ward representatives.

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