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Governor Ragwa deny hiring goons to disrupt opponent’s rally 

(From left) Tharaka Nithi County governor Samuel Ragwa with Chuka Igambang'ombe Mp Muthomi Njuki during a past event in Maara constituency. Mr Ragwa has denied claims by senate majority leader Kithure Kindiki and other leaders that he hired goons to disrupt Mr Njuki's meeting at Kathwana. The governor and Mr Njuki are battling it out for the governorship in the August 8 elections.

By Kenneth Marangu

Tharaka Nithi County governor Samuel Ragwa has refuted claims of hiring goons that disrupted his opponent political rally Wednesday.

A group of rowdy youths stormed the meeting at the county headquarters in which Chuka Igambang’ombe Mp Muthomi Njuki was launching his governorship bid and began exchanging blows with his supporters.

Police officers managed to calm the fighting supporters that left some people injured in the rally attended by senate majority leader Prof Kithure Kindiki and women representative Ms Beatrice Nkatha.

In a press statement issued Thursday by the Communication Director Douglas Kaunda, Mr Ragwa said he would not take lightly the allegations aimed at portraying him as a rogue leader who is intolerant to political competition.

Mr Ragwa said anybody linking him or his government to what transpired at the rally should avail the information to the police for investigation.

During the meeting, Prof Kindiki blamed Mr Ragwa of misusing public funds by paying goons to disrupt his opponents’ meetings and funding ‘fake projects’.

“Mr Ragwa has no agenda for the people of Tharaka Nithi that is why he has been encouraging hooliganism and funding fake projects,” said Prof Kindiki citing the fingerlings projects as one of those that spent millions.

The governor warned that the utterances by Senator Kindiki could invite legal action.

“Senator Kindiki together with other leaders should be warned that their malicious utterances could lead to legal action,” said Mr Ragwa.

He faulted Mr Njuki of repeatedly blaming his government whenever he experienced challenges.

“Mr Njuki should stop apportioning blame on the county every time he encounters challenges,” said Mr Ragwa noting that his government does not encourage hooliganism and was only development oriented.

Mr Ragwa asked Mr Njuki to accept the bitter truth from the locals as witnessed in his previous meetings in Marimanti (Tharaka), Kairuni stadium (Maara) and Kathwana (Chuka Igambang’ombe).

“He (Njuki) should find out why ordinary wananchi are opposed to his campaign activities and sort out the problems with them,” he noted.

On his side Mr Njuki asked youths to refrain from being used by politicians to disrupt meetings.

“No intimidation will stop me from my course,” said Mr Njuki.

By Kenneth Marangu

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