Nyeri Woman Representative Priscilla Nyokabi has called on residents of the county to vote out Governor Nderitu Gachagua in 2017, saying he has not done enough for them.
The announcement came as a surprise to many as she made it during a prayer breakfast meeting at the Nyeri Catholic Cathedral that was meant to forge unity among the county’s leaders.
This was the first time the county leader made such a bold statement against Mr Gachagua, which reveals cracks among the county leadership as the campaign mood grips the country.
“As we go into the elections, I urge Nyeri residents to elect good leaders. More importantly, they should choose a good governor. We pray as a county that in 2017, we will vote for a good governor,” said Ms Nyokabi.
The lawmaker said Nyeri is endowed with resources compared to other areas, arguing that only good leadership can help in “taking the county to the next level”.
GOOD LEADERSHIP NEEDED
“I don’t want to talk much about the governor himself since he is unwell, but we are saying, as Nyeri residents, we need good leadership. I am not saying he failed, but he could have done better,” she added.
She said the county needs a governor who is a team player, one who can promote a good working relationship between the national government and county leaders to propel the devolved unit forward.
The criticism comes at a time when Mr Gachagua has been away from the county for the last two months, as he is undergoing medical check-up abroad.
Mr Gachagua was represented at the meeting by his political adviser, Mr George Kariuki, who praised the clergy for promoting unity in the county.
Supporting Ms Nyokabi’s sentiments, Nyeri businessman Patrick Munene, who intends to vie for the governor’s seat, said the county needs a leader who can unite the people and mobilise resources to create jobs for the youth.
“This county needs a visionary leader, one who is focused. It is only through a sober and stable leadership that economic growth can take place,” said Mr Munene.
Nyeri Catholic Archbishop Peter Kairo, who was among the clerics present, called on the county leaders to focus more on addressing joblessness among the youth to curb alcoholism and other vices.