Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu popularly known as Baba Yao has now come out to ask his fellow leaders to ensure they are sober when addressing members of the public.
In a video posted on Twitter, the outspoken county boss urged his fellow politicians in the country to avoid taking alcohol before making public statements.
“Please our friends, our brothers, just be very sober when you are speaking because everybody is looking at the facts on the ground," said Waititu.
"And we are very sure that soon they are going to regret. You heard the other day some of them even apologising because of the statement they gave when they were drunk. That is why we are fighting alcohol in Mt Kenya region," he added.
Waititu made the statement on Wednesday during a joint presser by a section of Mt Kenya leaders who have come out to support President Uhuru Kenyatta's United Kenya drive.
The governor was making reference to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who on New Year's Eve argued that President Uhuru had sidelined the Mt Kenya region in terms of development despite residents voting for him overwhelmingly during the 2017 polls.
"We can no longer accept to be treated the way we are being treated. When the President goes to other places, he launches roads, water and electricity projects but here in our county he only gives certificates to alcoholics," said Kuria.
The statement irked a section of leaders from the region including Kiambu Women Representative Gathoni Wamuchomba who accused Kuria of making the statement while drunk.
"In that clip while in Thika, he had taken some cups of alcohol. And because I help drunkards, I call upon my friend Moses Kuria to come to Mama Care Rehabilitation Centre. I will give you a bed where you will stay for five-seven days. You will be given food and medicine that will help you stop talking nonsense and more so abusing the President. We must respect the President. If you must drink, drink and go home to your wife," said Wamuchomba.
Following the backlash, Kuria was later forced to explain his statement, noting that he has a legitimate mandate to seek development for the people he represents.
On his part, President Uhuru told off Kuria, stating that development should not be carried out on the basis of where a leader comes from.
"I will ensure every corner of this country gets development. That way, these politics of patronage will end so that all areas can grow regardless of who is in power. Kwa hivo hawa washenzi waachane na mimi (let those idiots stop bothering me),” said Uhuru.
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