Lenku to vie for Kajiado governor position

The former CS said he would seek the Jubilee ticket.

Sunday January 24 2016

Former Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku during a press briefing at Harambee House on November 18, 2014. Mr Lenku has expressed interests in vying for Kajiado county’s governorship. PHOTO | JENNIFER MUIRURI |

Former Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku during a press briefing at Harambee House on November 18, 2014. Mr Lenku has expressed interests in vying for Kajiado county’s governorship. PHOTO | JENNIFER MUIRURI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Former Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku on Saturday threw Kajiado politics into a spin after he declared he will run for the county’s governorship.

Mr Lenku made the declaration during a Maasai community meeting in Kajiado West where the county’s Jubilee and Cord leaders were in attendance.

The former CS said he would seek the Jubilee ticket.

“I will run for the county’s top seat because our people need a more development-conscious leadership. We are suffering from poor leadership,” Mr Lenku said. The current Governor David Nkedianye was present.

The former CS justified his capabilities citing the Safaricom surveillance system which was launched during this tenure and which he said was bearing fruits.

Mr Lenku was sacked in 2014 after a spate of security lapses and replaced by Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaiserry.

The community meeting which was attended by elders from Kajiado and Narok counties was held at Kajiado West MP Moses ole Sakuda’s homestead in Kimuka.

Mr Sakuda also celebrated his graduation with a Master’s degree from a US university.

Community leaders gave the Jubilee government conditions for their support in 2017.

They told Energy CS Charles Keter who represented Deputy President William Ruto, that they will only support the ruling coalition if the 240-km Isala-Mashulu-Isinya-Kiserian-Ngong-Suswa road is tarmacked to open up Kajiado and Narok counties.

“We are being taunted by our rivals that we are all in government but the key road remains deplorable and has been so for so many years,” said Mr Sakuda.

Senator Peter Mositet said that the government had not initiated any projects in the region.

Local MPs Peris Tobiko (Kajiado East), Joseph Manje (North) and Katoo ole Metito reiterated their support for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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