The supremacy battle in Kirinyaga County intensified on Sunday as Governor Anne Waiguru and Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici clashed over billboards.
Waiguru had reportedly ordered the pulling down of two billboards bearing the portrait of Ngirici in Mwea town.
On Sunday morning, officials from the county government and a local advertising agency attempted to remove Ngirici’s billboards and replace them with those of Waiguru.
Their efforts hit a snag after area residents protested and blocked them from pulling down the billboards.
The workers were saved from the wrath of the angry mob by businessmen Andrew Ngirici, who is the husband of the woman representative.
Mr. Ngirici asked them to put back the billboards, arguing that the structure under which the billboards are erected belonged to him.
Addressing journalists, the businessman claimed Governor Waiguru was trying to provoke him ahead of the Mashujaa day celebrations to be held in the county on October 20th.
Mwea East sub-County police commander Daniel Kitavi said a meeting would be called between all the parties to the matter. The police commander indicated that the erection of the billboards was part of the beautification process of the town ahead of Mashujaa day celebrations.
Ngirici is eyeing the Kirinyaga gubernatorial position in 2022 and will lock horns with Waiguru, who has declared she will defend her seat.