Meru County Roads Roads, Transport & Energy CECM and aspiring MP Julius Taitumu has responded to claims that he took off with Ksh 300,000 that was donated by DP Ruto to a group of women in Igembe North.
The claims emerged a few hours after DP Ruto concluded his 2-day Meru tour that saw him address gatherings in all the sub-counties.
Ruto has this week camped in Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Embu Counties in efforts to consolidate his support and popularize his bottom up economic agenda ahead of the 2022 general election.
During his meetings in Igembe North, Ruto made donations to several groups, among them boda boda groups, business groups and women groups.
On Wednesday morning, claims emerged that the Ksh 300,000 deonated to a group of women traders was missing.
Addressing several local media houses, Justus Kagwima, another aspiring MP battling it out for the UDA ticket accused Taitumu of grabbing the money moments after Ruto’s departure.
“Taitumu took the Ksh 300,000 and to avoid public shame, I this morning processed a loan from the bank. The women have now received their money,” Mr. Kagwima said.
In a quick response, Julius Taitumu has disputed the allegations, terming them a desperate attempt by his competitors to seek sympathy, hoping they can get a few votes in the process.
“It’s too early for my competitors to engage in such petty propaganda. Justus Kagwima and his team should have reported the matter to the nearest Police Station,” he says.
Julius Taitumu, Justus Kagwima and Joseph M’Eruaki will all be battling it out for the UDA Party ticket in efforts to oust the current Igembe North MP, Maoka Maore.
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