Cleaners at Tharaka-Nithi County headquarters were on Monday evening asked to get rid of women’s panties and bras, which had been dumped at the doorsteps of Governor Muthomi Njuki’s office.
A section of Tharaka-Nithi women stormed the county chief’s office at 2pm Monday to protest against his alleged demeaning remarks against women.
They threw their underwear, demanding withdrawal of the alleged insults and apology.
The women presented their grievances to the Chief of Staff, Wilson Murithi, and other county officials outside the county boss’s office.
Neither Mr Njuki nor his deputy, Francis Nyamu Kagwima, was present during the protests.
The women claimed that when Mr Njuki was angry with contractors, who were demanding to be paid their dues, the governor said the county had no money to give them, mocking them to be “paid by their mothers.”
Evangeline Karimi blamed Mr Njuki for allegedly telling women to source for sponsors to finance beauty contest that he insisted his government couldn’t waste its money on.
The women further accused the county chief of demeaning Senator Kithure Kindiki by referring to him as “speaking with a feminine voice” following a recent disagreement between the leaders over ownership of projects.
As the protests played out in the open, Tharaka-Nithi Chief of Staff, Wilson Murithi, watched in disbelief.
The women left the county offices at 3pm.
Mr Murithi, thereafter, asked a section of women working as cleaners at the facility to collect and throw the tens of panties away.
“They picked the undergarments using tree branches and piled them in a bucket before discarding them outside the county office headquarters. It remains unclear whether the cleaners burnt the panties and bras, or whether they threw them in a bin,” said Muuga FM journalist Lisper Kathure, who is based in Tharaka-Nithi County.
MCAs from the county have since urged Governor Njuki to shun his alleged derogatory remarks against women to avert such embarrassing occurrences in the future.
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