Nyeri Governor, Mutahi Kahiga has claimed that he never demanded for the removal of the Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir following the frequent national power outages.
In a statement he shared on Wednesday, the governor defended himself noting that what he said earlier was that he was in the company of the CS, Chirchir at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at the time the blackout occurred.
“I wish to clarify that I never demanded for the sacking of CS David Chirchir for the recent power failure. All I said is that I was with Waziri at the JKIA when the blackout happened. I said he frantically made calls to have power restored,” said Kahiga.
Terming the blackout as a national embarrassment, Kahiga additionally stated that he still advocates for accountability by the Roads and Transport Cabinet Kipchumba Murkomen urging President Ruto to dismiss any Cabinet Secretaries failing in their sectors.
“What I said and still maintain is that power failure in JKIA is a national embarrassment. I asked the President to sack the CS concerned with Airports. I also said that all Cabinet Secretaries letting down the President must be shown the door,” he stated.
He further described the President a hardworking man, saying that his efforts should not be brought down by under-performing CSs.
“I reminded all and sundry that it cannot be business as usual if the President is in office at 6am and doesn’t leave till midnight while the CSs he has given jobs continue letting him down! I still maintain this same stand,” the governor opined.
In an address to Journalists on Monday, December 11, Chirchir acknowledged the possibility of scheduled power outages, or load-shedding which is said to help prevent overloading the power transmission network.
He attributed the recent power outage on December 10 to an overload on a transmission line in western Kenya and assured swift actions to address the situation.