Is Governor Kinyanjui charting a different political path away from DP Ruto?
SEE ALSO :UN commits to Uhuru’s Big Four agendaArama and Gikaria who hosted the DP have indicated the governor might be charting a different political path away from Ruto ahead of the 2022 polls. Gikaria has termed the governor’s absence as disrespect to the top Jubilee leadership. “I personally invited him and discussed the issues we would raise during the meeting. He didn’t show up neither did he send a representative. No apology was sent either, despite him being within the county on that day,” said Gikaria. The legislator termed the governor’s actions as “very embarrassing”. “As local leaders, we raised some serious issues that needed to be addressed by the county government but the executive had no one to take the feedback to them,” he said.
SEE ALSO :On leadership, women should change tactGikaria pointed out drainage and health issues as some of the matters discussed during the events for which the Deputy President pledged support to the county government. “In one of the events it became very embarrassing when the county Speaker stood up to represent the governor yet the two belong to two different arms of government. It was not the first time and is very annoying. He should at least have sent a county executive member,” he said. Show of disunity Mr Arama said, “It is true that I had invited the governor to the event but he never showed up. Most of the MCAs and other MPs attended the function. I don’t know yet why he didn’t show up or send a representative.” During Ruto’s Nakuru Town East tour, Senator Susan Kihika termed Kinyanjui’s absence a show of disunity and disregard to the people and the country’s top leadership.
SEE ALSO :Great rift over maize, avocadosThere were claims that the governor met with senior county officials and warned them against attending the DP’s events in the county. There were allegations that one of the local politicians had organised youth to heckle the governor if he attended the DP’s functions in the two constituencies. “The governor had intelligence that some people had organised and paid some youth to heckle him during the tour because of his alleged poor development record. That is why Kinyanjui could not attend the events,” said one of Kinyanjui’s advisers who did not want to be named because he is not allowed to speak on behalf of the governor. The Sunday Standard could not independently verify the claims.