Leaders from Laikipia North have apologised to Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri for failing to elect him as the county’s governor during the 2013 polls.
Mr Kiunjuri, who faced strong opposition in the sub-county during the campaigns, was accorded a heroic welcome on Friday when he showed up at a ceremony for morans who were graduating into junior elders.
“We cannot say that we are not in the government after the appointment of Kiunjuri. Laikipia has never had a minister since 1992 when I was there,” former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo said.
Nominated MP Sarah Lekorere said the appointment of Mr Kiunjuri as a CS had opened a new chapter in the region’s politics.
“We had lost the direction in 2013 by leading a brigade that was fighting you and we could have been right because today, you would not have become a cabinet secretary,” Ms Lekorere said.
She said the leaders would rally behind Mr Kiunjuri to initiate development in the county.
Mr Kiunjuri lost in the governor’s race to Mr Joshua Irungu by more than 40,000 votes with Laikipia North residents denying him their votes saying that he never initiated any project during the 15 years that he served as MP.
RETURNED WITH GOODIES
However, Mr Kiunjuri returned to the region with goodies that included relief food and pledged that more than 4,000 families would be connected to electricity while ten kilometres of road would be tarmacked.
The CS said despite the county’s social and political diversity the residents have always lived harmoniously until after the last General Elections when incidents of invasion of private land and community conservancies and cattle rustling started emerging.
He regretted that the region has been experiencing insecurity over the last three years due to what he termed as incitement by one leader.
“I met him two days ago and told him we must restore security in our county and respect each other,” said the CS and vowed that the region’s security would be streamlined.
He also criticised the opposition for deliberately misleading Kenyans that the Jubilee administration was not working.
He said that instead of appreciating the good things that were happening, the opposition was busy dividing Kenyans along ethnic lines.
Mr Kiunjuri said opposition leaders were only engaging in politicking and were not initiating any development.