Gachagua's stern warning to Kericho governor, his deputy

DP Rigathi Gachagua confers with Kericho Governor Erick Mutai during the burial of Vincent Kipkoech Mutai, the son of Kipkelion East MP Joseph Cherorot, in Londiani. [DPCS]

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has summoned Kericho Governor Dr. Erick Mutai and his deputy Fred Kirui, for talks following the differences between them.

The DP made the move after the governor and the deputy clashed in front of him debating the truth surrounding the misappropriation of the Sh14.5m raised for Londiani road crash victims by county officers.

The DP criticised the governor and his deputy, expressing concern that their quarrels could tarnish President William Ruto’s image in Kericho.

“During the Africa Climate Summit, 25 African presidents asked Ruto to lead them in climate matters and have respected him globally. But here in Kericho, the governor and deputy are quarrelling instead of delivering services to the electorate. Development won’t come to Kericho amidst such conflict,” said Gachagua

He said they will not allow politics to overshadow development in Kericho.

He spoke at the funeral service of Vincent Mutai, the late son of Kipkelion East MP Joseph Cherorot in Masaita, where he summoned Dr. Mutai and Eng Kirui to his Nyeri residence for mediation.

“The president is unhappy about the conflicts and I share his unhappiness,” warned Gachagua.

The DP threatened to launch a campaign to remove them from office if they refused to resolve their differences.

“I’ll personally come to Kericho and inform the residents of their mistake, which should not be repeated. This will be enough to politically undermine both of them,” said Gachagua

He revealed that their political theatrics had almost led to the cancellation of Kericho’s Mashujaa Day celebration in October.

Mutai defended the county’s handling of the cash saying the delay in disbursement was due to more victims coming forward.

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