Kitui Woman Representative Hon. Irene Muthoni Kasalu has sparked a new wave of discussion in Kitui County by revealing her instrumental role in the appointment of Cabinet Secretary Penina Malonza.
Kasalu claimed that she played a pivotal role in ensuring Malonza’s approval, even when others were hesitant due to concerns about her ability to handle parliamentary vetting questions.
During a public event in Mwingi West, attended by Kiharu Member of Parliament Hon. Ndindi Nyoro, Kasalu disclosed that she sponsored a motion in parliament to secure Penina Malonza’s approval as Cabinet Secretary. This move, she asserted, was driven by her willingness to put aside political differences, as both women had been contenders for the woman representative position in Kitui.
“If it were not for me, Penina Malonza could not be a Cabinet Secretary today,” asserted Kasalu, highlighting her influence in shaping the political landscape in Kitui. This revelation has stirred mixed reactions among Kitui residents, with some praising Kasalu’s political maturity, while others question the motives behind her support for Malonza.
Furthermore, Kasalu took the opportunity to challenge Penina Malonza to focus on addressing crucial issues facing Kitui, particularly the need for major infrastructure development. She emphasized the pressing need for projects such as water supply and roads, urging Malonza to prioritize these initiatives over the distribution of relief food, locally known as Mwolyo.
“Bring road, major infrastructure to Kitui; our people need water, roads, and significant projects from the national government, not just relief food,” Kasalu asserted, echoing the sentiments of many Kitui residents who yearn for sustainable development in the region.
The call for infrastructure development over short-term relief solutions has ignited discussions about the priorities of political leaders in Kitui. As Irene Kasalu continues to make waves with her bold statements and actions, the political landscape in Kitui remains dynamic, with residents eagerly watching to see the tangible impact of these political maneuvers on their daily lives.