A few hours after aspiring North Imenti MP Carol Karimi Muriuki visited DEB Ntani Primary School in Giaki to deliver textbooks to needy pupils, photos emerged of what appeared to be dilapidated toilets, some with growing bushes and missing doors.
The photos conspicuously displayed the North Imenti CDF as the sponsor, with the project having been facilitated in the 2016/2017 financial year.
The photos have been in circulation on Social Media since then, with Carol Muriuki always referring to them as ‘evidence’ of alleged mismanagement of CDF funds by Hon. Rahim Dawood.
But in a turn of events, the School Principal Ann Mary Mwenda has now explained the circumstances surrounding these trending photos.
“There are some people who came purposefully with cameras and took photos of our toilets that were under repair at the time. In fact, the fundis had even removed the doors from some of the toilets. But those people with cameras took pictures of the toilets and our unused classrooms and are now circulating them on Social Media,” says Mrs. Mwenda.
The headteacher says she was posted to the school about three years ago, and has witnessed immense support from Hon. Rahim to date.
“Since I reported to this station in 2019, our MP has always helped this school in developing the state of infrastructure. He helped us to get a school tank, paving of verandas,” she says.
The North Imenti seat has attracted several other candidates, among them Wakili Ken Muriuki and Beatrice Karwitha.
Hon. Rahim maintains that despite numerous calls by Kiraitu’s lieutenants, he will not be joining the Devolution Empowerment Party (popularly known as the Bus party), citing fears of unfair nominations.
“I would like to make it clear that I have no issues whatsoever with Governor Kiraitu Murungi or the Party Secretary General. The Governor has always been and remains my friend. We were with him in the original Bus Party and later joined Jubilee.” Hon. Rahim said earlier this week.
The legislator however maintains that there are some junior Mbus Party officials who have already made a decision that he is an ‘unwanted element’ in the party, having reserved the ticket for Carol Karimi Muriuki.
“Wakili Ken Muriuki will likewise not get that ticket. It’s already decided by some quarters. I really pity him and would advise him to look for an alternative if he wishes to be on the ballot in the August polls,” says Hon. Rahim.
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