Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya on Sunday clashed with his deputy Fatuma Achani and a section of MCAs over a plan by the County Assembly to oust him.
A seemingly angry Mvurya differed in public with Achani and Kinondoni MCA Amisi Pweza as it emerged that there was a plot to send him home before his term ends.
The governor, who was issuing bursary cheques in Msambweni, claimed that he would not be bowed down by the threats from the MCAs while daring them to go ahead with the impeachment motion.
He also scolded them for secretly planning with politicians from Mombasa (who he did not name) as he exuded confidence that he was ready for anything.
The Kwale boss, who is seen to be warming up to Deputy President William Ruto, claimed that the ploy was being propagated by his distractors who have an ulterior motive.
“Haya maneno yaliyopangwa Nairobi kwa akina Waititu.. sasa hawa wanakunywa chai hapo Mombasa wakiuliza huyu Mvurya sasa tutafanya naye nini. Yule ananitaka mimi niko! Loosely translated as [Just as they did in Nairobi to Waititu (ousted Kiambu governor], they are planning to do so to me in the meetings in Mombasa. I am ready for anyone who wants me out,” he said.
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Many interpreted his remarks to mean that his troubles were being fueled by his Mombasa counterpart Ali Hassan Joho, whom they have a frosty relationship with.
If the Kwale MCAs do go ahead with the threat, it would only but fuel further the perception that county bosses allied to the DP are being targetted in the fight against corruption.
This comes less than a month after another close associate of the DP, Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu, was impeached by the Jubilee-controlled Senate.
Several Leaders allied to the country’s second in command, have maintained that Waititu’s impeachment was meant to intimidate those in support of Ruto’s 2022 bid for the presidency.
They have also alleged a plot by Dr Ruto’s opponents for Jubilee Party leaders whose backing he enjoys to be arrested and charged with abuse with office in order to scuttle his ambition.