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Nyeri politicians extend political differences, boundaries

10 October 2013, 20:28 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Politicians from Nyeri County have exposed their differences in development sector and the political landscape.

The county with seven MPs has been involved in political wrangles since the last general elections as the will of political kings in Mount Kenya region were not achieved.

The area governor, Nderitu Gachagua, has been in the spotlight due to his political status and was the only one who survived the ousting of The National Alliance (TNA) wave in the region.

All governors in the region went in office with a TNA party ticket, except Gachagua who was elected on the Grand National Union (GNU) party.

Nyeri county people went in a different direction contrary to their colleagues in other counties in Central Kenya, could be, they looked beyond political parties’ influence but stagnated on competency and capability to deliver of the candidates.

However, Gachagua, has been working alone with his own input and agenda whilst the parliamentarians from his county have been snubbing his major events mostly development meetings.

The rift may have emerged from political backgrounds since the governor was elected on a little known party that seemed as an outcast in the region.

It is only senator Mutahi Kagwe who has been attending the events and receiving appraisals from residents for shelving his political side and decided to work together.

In his speeches, Kagwe has been driving home messages of unity and indirectly asking the elected leaders to join hands and forget that the political season is over and that they should embark on projects focused on developing their areas.

Kagwe was elected on Ngilu’s-NARC party while all seven MP's and majority of the ward County Representatives sailed through the (NA) party.

The most recent and major event the MP's snubbed was held at Kabiruini showground to launch the ‘The Nyeri We Want’ project.

It was graced by the governor and focused mainly on setting the agenda and priorities on development projects provided in the integrated development plan. Gachagua, was seeking input and opinion from other area leaders and professionals.

The occasion was advertised in the media, inviting all people but none of the parliamentarians turned up to show support of the programme or use the platform to sell their ideas except Kagwe.

The meeting was attended by various professionals with different skills from the county with a general goal to make Nyeri County a better place.

Gachagua has been holding public meetings but the MP's have not been showing up.

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