Embattled Machakos deputy governor Bernard Kiala on Wednesday came out to claim how his office had been vandalised. He addressed the press in an empty room, ostensibly to pass the message across that his furniture, stationery and equipment had been taken from him.
Mutua’s office has now replied saying that the office Kiala purported to be his was actually not. Speaking to journalist yesterday, county secretary Mr. Francis Mwaka said, “The office that the Deputy Governor took and addressed journalists from is not his but one belonging to the County Finance Department and it is still undergoing renovations.”
The relationship between the two county executives is in an all time low after Mr. Kiala allegedly embraced Mutua’s political detractors led by Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, who have vowed to never let the Governor deliver on his campaign promises. Early this week, the Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua stripped Mr. Kiala off his Ministerial portfolio asserting that the deputy had become unable to execute duties placed on him apparently due to his dedication to politics at the expense of delivery of services.
If Mwaka’s claims are true, this will not be the first time Kiala has been caught lying. During July’s Cord Saba Saba Rally, Mr. Kiala claimed to have used public transport to attend the rally after his official vehicle was confiscated. However, footage captured on CCTV cameras installed by the County’s ICT department which ironically fell under the office of the Deputy Governor at the time showed Kiala leaving the Governor’s office in a grey Subaru outback which had been assigned to him.
These photos of Kiala’s ‘untouched’ office were sent to us but we have no way of telling the date.