Nakuru senator Susan Kihika has launched a fresh onslaught on Governor Lee Kinyanjui over their simmering political war.
The senator who has not been seeing eye-to-eye with the county boss accused him of plundering the county’s resources instead of delivering services to the electorate.
She said she has been in the forefront pushing for more resources to the counties but is bitter that resources for Nakuru are plundered.
Kihika took issue with Kinyanjui for returning to the National Treasury unused billions of shillings.
She pointed out that at Sh3.9 billion, Nakuru county leads in the amounts of unspent funds that were returned to the National Treasury in the last financial year.
The senator said the long treks the residents undertake in search of medical care should by now be a thing of the past. Dispensaries in Mununga in Naivasha’s Biashara ward and Muguga in Nakuru East ward are complete but with no drugs, personnel or equipment, she said.
She added that if Sh30 million was disbursed to each of the over 130 health centres, the residents would have been assured of enough drugs and personnel.
Mid this year the senator, a close ally of William Ruto, led the DP allies in opposing the proposed elevation of Nakuru municipality to city status.
Kinyanjui, an ally of Baringo senator Gideon Moi who supports the March 9 handshake between Uhuru and Raila Odinga, is pushing for the elevation of the municipality to city status saying the milestone will unlock the area’s economic potential.
In September 2017, a cabinet sitting chaired by the Uhuru Kenyatta approved the elevation of Nakuru and Eldoret municipalities to cities, bringing the number of cities in Kenya to five.
But the elevation of Nakuru to new status has been vehemently opposed by local leaders who argue that the elevation should be based on service delivery to the residents, which they say is still below par.
Others opposed to the city’s elevation include MPs Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), David Gikaria (Nakuru East) and Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West). All of them are allies of the DP.
Last week Kihika, the co-chairperson of the women’s league, Inua Mama team, which supports the DP, accompanied Ruto during two funds drives at African Independent Pentecostal Church in Nakuru Town East and at Kabazi trading centre in Subukia constituency.
At the meeting the leaders led by the senator reiterated their support for Ruto.
Other leaders behind the DP include David Gikaria (Nakuru Town East), Samuel Gachobe (Subukia), Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), Martha Wangare (Gilgil), Joseph Tonui (Kuresoi South), Francis Kimani (Molo), Charity Chepkwony (Njoro) and woman rep Liza Chelule.
Nakuru county assembly speaker Joel Maina Kairu and majority of the MCAs in the Jubilee-dominated house support Ruto and have vowed to back Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot’s Punguza Mizigo Bill.
During the tour, the leaders said Ruto is the best bet to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022. However, Governor Kinyanjui tactfully kept off the debate and instead concentrated on development matters.
“I want to assure you that when time comes in 2022, Nakuru leaders will stand with you,” Kihika told Ruto at AIPCA church.
Kinyanjui thanked the DP for steering the national unity and urged him to support the elevation of Nakuru town to city status.
“Please stand with us when the Nakuru city status report is tabled before the cabinet,” said Kinyanjui.
The DP has visited Nakuru more than four times this year and each time he is in town, Governor Kinyanjui has steered away from the debate.