Governor Kinyanjui says he will defend Nakuru gubernatorial seat

Governor Lee Kinyanjui has dismissed claims that he could be eyeing a national position saying he will be in the Nakuru gubernatorial race to defend his seat.

His remarks came following rumours that have been circulating that the governor will not defend his seat in the August 8 polls, as he was being groomed to be a running mate to a leading presidential contender.

With elections just less than 10 months away, Governor Kinyanjui has already hit the ground running and enlisting grassroots support for his newly unveiled political party Ubuntu Peoples Forum (UPF).

The rumours were occasioned by Kinyanjui’s presence in various political rallies that were being held in various parts of Central Kenya, Rift Valley and the Coast. Kinyanjui attended the highly publicized political rallies alongside his Laikipia and Nyandarua counterparts Nderitu Muriithi and Francis Kimemia, respectively in the company of ODM leader Raila Odinga.

I am not out of the race — I will defend my seat. People are spreading propaganda but none of that will deter me from recapturing this seat on August 8,” he added

Kinyanjui said that his heart was still in Nakuru to build up cohesion, while ensuring that Nakuru gets its rightful share of positions at the national level.

Nakuru cannot be a conveyor belt for all election seasons. Our people must get their fair share. That is why we are participating in the national conversation to ensure we get our rightful share. We shall pitch for what belongs to us and ensure our interests as a county are honoured,” he said

He stated candidates aspiring for various political offices must accept divergent views from other leaders saying, “We must stop seeking to control, direct and micromanage the county affairs by running roughshod on others.”

Kinyanjui maintained that the cosmopolitan nature of Nakuru puts the county in a perfect position to bargain with communities from other regions, including Mt Kenya.

He argued that whenever government positions are distributed, they follow the traditional voting blocks and ignore “diaspora” regions like Nakuru despite their immense contributions to the voting basket.

Owing to these dynamics, Nakuru has not had a Cabinet Minister/Secretary since the seventies when Achieng Oneko served as a Minister even though it is the fourth largest county by population in Kenya. This is historical injustice,” stated Kinyanjui.


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