President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday said governors implicated in corruption will be jailed once Jubilee Party retains power after August 8 polls.
He said the governors, naming Kilifi’s Amason Kingi, will have to face the full force of the law for alleged mismanagement of county cash.
The president claimed the county boss failed to utilise more than Sh40 billion allocated to the county government in the past four years.
Uhuru said Kilifi is the fourth among counties getting about Sh10 billion or more “but its residents still suffer water shortage and famine”.
CRA records show that the county received Sh5,442,221,798 in the 2013/14 fiscal year, Sh6,492,284,172 (2014/15), Sh8,029,167,703 (2016/17), Sh9,961,234,128 (2017/18) totaling Sh29.9 billion.
During a rally in Ganze, he said Kingi “is only good sitting with the tales man” – apparently in reference to NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga.
“Governors who will be taken to court after August 8 are many. Kingi, who is your own here, will be among them.”
The president castigated the county chief saying his heroic acts is to insult him and the Jubilee administration.
“The insults made against me by Kingi are not helping to solve problems for the people.”
“Let him deliver development instead of hurling insults at the presidency,” Uhuru said.
The head of state told residents that his administration has initiated the grand projects in Kilifi including roads, water, electricity among others.
He challenged the governor to come out and explain how he spent the over Sh 40 billion allocated to the county.
“If Kingi is looking for popularity, let him first solve the problem of famine in Ganze, put up medical facilities, boost education and water supply.
“It is after this that I will also clap for him,” Uhuru said when he led Jubilee Party campaigns in the area.
The president Kilifi falls in the category of counties receiving huge allocations among them Wajir, Turkana, and Mandera.
He dismissed claims by the NASA coalition that Jubilee administration has failed to resolve the land issue in the coast region.
The party is fronting Kilifi North MP Gideon Mungaro to contest against Kingi in the August 8 polls.
Mung’aro said he will solve the problem of famine in Ganze if he is elected governor.
The president was accompanied by DP William Ruto, Tourism CS Najib Balala, Ganze MP Peter Shehe, and nominated Senator Mvita Kisasa among other leaders.
Earlier, the president and the DP toured Kizingitini and Mpeketoni in Lamu county before holding another rally in Garsen Tana River county.
Later, they also held another rally at Mariakani in Kilifi county.