Members of the WhatsApp group 'Murang'a County Politics' came out in support of Grace "City" Nduta, the MCA for Kanyenya-ini Ward, as she testified at a hearing about a comment she made on the group's chat.
After a heated debate on the functioning of the Murang'a government in the county assembly, Nduta reportedly found herself in hot water after criticizing her colleagues for their weak oversight role, exposing mistaken priorities.
Speaker Johnson Mukuha presided over the hearing as Nduta addressed the Powers and Privileges Committee for Murang'a County. After the debate, she said that she felt threatened by Majority Leader Kibe wa Sarry and his deputy, Liz Muthoni.
"It is documented that on the relevant day, Kinyona MCA Liz Mbugua and Kibe wa Sarry made telephone threats against me. The MCAs accused me of smearing their reputations after I was accused of talking too much on a WhatsApp group for encouraging my members and the public to be patient with the administration because we have not got any cash. I assured the committee that I would continue to advocate for my people whenever necessary. The MCA said we shouldn't be shamed because social media is the preferred method of communication at most organizations.
The other MCAs there felt disrespected by Nduta and worried that her remarks would affect the public's opinion of their work.
Nduta, backed by her supporters who showed up in force for the court, argued that she should be allowed to share her ideas, which could help revive the country's flagging health care system.
After the plenary session, Speaker Mukuha said the committee would meet and issue a judgement within 14 days.
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