Residents of Kirinyiga County and Kenyans, in general, were mesmerized by the show of lavishness by governors and their entourages as they attended the ongoing 6th Devolution Conference attended by both state and county government officials.
Some key elements that fascinated the residents involved flashy vehicles of governors and their chase cars with some of them arriving in convoys.
The convoys of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi stole the show with sleek chase cars and aides.
Luxurious vehicles of the officials in their hundreds exhibited great measures of wealth when they were parked along the Kutus-Sagana and Kutus-Kerugoya highways.
The areas of Kirinyaga were also treated to shows of opulence when a good number of officials allegedly arrived in helicopters.
Some of the residents were left to admire the show from the distance since they were not allowed into the specific area of the conference.
On the other hand, a few of the leaders in the conference decided to place billboards just to confirm their attendance, a move which has been termed as wastage of resources.
The billboards and other advertising structures were characterized by smiling faces of the government officials overlooking the streets and to the admiration of residents.
Such come at a time when Kenyans are struggling to earn a living while a few leaders are extensively mentioned in corruption scandals involving billions of shillings.
In addition to concerns over wastage of resources by a majority of netizens, President Uhuru Kenyatta also observed a sense of wastefulness on the part of the county governments.
President Kenyatta touched on this noting that some counties used up to Ksh600 million to pay those overseeing the use of a budget of Ksh800 million.
“Does it make sense?” the President questioned.