Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and his Uasin Gishu counterpart, Jackson Mandago, are on a collision path after the latter made statements that did not go well with Kinyanjui.
The Nakuru Governor issued a tough warning to Mandago, accusing him of trying to dictate to his electorate on whom they should vote for in the August 9, 2022 elections.
Speaking to his constituents on Thursday, February 3, Kinyanjui accused Mandago of using his position to try and influence the voting pattern in Nakuru, a county that is seen a swing vote.
Governor Kinyanjui opined that the Uasin Gishu county boss would not be happy if a visiting Governor makes such remarks in his backyard.
Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui during a meeting with stakeholders in his county on September 28, 2021.
Courtesy Lee Kinyanjui
The Nakuru Governor further opined that Mandago had not picked his successor yet but had the audacity to speak and drum support for Senator Susan Kihika in her gubernatorial bid.
“There was a meeting and I saw Mandago coming here to tell us who should be elected in Nakuru, but in his Uasin Gishu backyard, he has not told us who should be elected,” Governor Kinyanjui stated.
“You can’t come from outside and tell us who should be elected in Nakuru. We are a city my friend, and we want the people of Nakuru to be taken seriously. Let the people choose their leaders.”
The Jubilee Party Governor cautioned external leaders from influencing the people of Nakuru or trying to dictate to them on the political decisions to be made in the August polls.
He noted that Nakuru City is cosmopolitan and politicians campaigning in the area should respect its diversity.
“This election is not about me, it is about the people of Nakuru and their future. Those visitors who are coming here to tell us who we should elect should know we have a brain. Anyone coming here should understand that this is not a normal county, we have people from all over the country here,” he stated.
His sentiments were in response to Mandago’s statements during last week’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) campaign rally where he drummed up support for Senator Kihika.
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Deputy President William Ruto together with ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi at a rally in Kirinyaga County on January 29, 2022.