wamagataA civil society groups plans to use more than 200 live rats during protests in Nyeri town next week.

Operation Ondoa Panya activists will carry the rats in what they call a peaceful demonstration.

The activists are protesting the proposal by the county assembly to build a Sh75 million health club.

Speaking in Nyeri town on Monday, organising coordinator John Wamagata said the luxury club is a misuse of public funds when the county needs better infrastructure.

“We shall bring 200 rats and take them round the town. The passion for a sauna club is the only thing the MCAs learnt during their regular trips abroad,” Wamagata was quoted by The Star.

“The money should be sent to local youth saccos, who can borrow it and start jobs. This will reduce unemployment and help many pople, not just a few individuals,” Wamagata added.


The club proposal has been met with stiff opposition by Nyeri leaders, led by governor Nderitu Gachagua.

On Wednesday, he vowed to stop the Sh75 million MCAs’ health club project.

“I have contacted the controller of budget that this will not happen in Nyeri. The tenders should be cancelled and money returned to the county treasury,” Gachagua said.

“We shall not allow a health club with swimming pool. If MCAs want to swim, each ward has a river or dam for swimming.”

The Nyeri County Assembly Health Club is set to have gymnasium equipment, steam bath, massage parlour, swimming pool and a sauna.