Nakuru Town Mayor and DC in exchange of words

Wednesday September 21 2011

By EDDY NGETA [email protected]

Nakuru Town Mayor and the District Commissioner engaged in a public exchange of words on Wednesday.

Mayor Mohammed Suraw and DC Kang’ethe Thuku almost engaged in a fight on Monday during the flagging off ceremony of relief food.

The food was donated to people in Turkana by the Chinese in Kenya. The sour relationship is over the election of the mayor which the DC claims was not legitimate.

Mr Thuku, who was the master of ceremony in the Monday event, refused to invite the mayor to speak.

Mr Suraw immediately rushed to the podium and wrestled the microphone from Mr Thuku.

“I am the mayor-elect of this town and as such I deserve recognition and I would like to tell the DC that he cannot wish me away. If he does not recognise me, the people of Nakuru will,” said an agitated Mr Suraw.

However, in a telephone interview later, Mr Thuku insisted that Mr Suraw’s legitimacy as mayor was still in question.

“Mr Suraw’s election is a matter before court.” He added that Mr Suraw’s legitimacy as mayor was questionable and he could not force recognition.

Mr Suraw claimed that the DC wanted to become mayor and was using unacceptable means instead of openly declaring his intentions.

“Mr Thuku should wait for 2012, resign from his post, and declare his interest as the law requires. He should not resort to intimidation,” he said. Mr Suraw added that this was the fourth time the DC was undermining him.

Mr Thuku sits in council meetings as an ex-officio member of Nakuru Municipal Council and participates in decision making.

The war of words between the two appeared to cause embarrassment in the presence of Chinese Ambassador Liu Guangyuan, Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi and area Member of Parliament Lee Kinyanjui.