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Sunday, 9 November 2014


Members of Nandi county assembly who were recently removed from leadership of committees have blamed Governor Cleophas Lagat for targeting them because of their tough stance against referendum. The MCAs claimed that the governor has been holding secret meetings with assembly members who are loyal to him with the main motive of frustrating them.
Although he was not among those affected in changes, Kapsabet ward representative Fredrick Kipkemboi who was among those who spoke had rushed from examination room at Nandi Primary School where he is sitting his KCPE to join his colleagues in criticising the governor over their unfortunate fate. He produced photographs of neglected roads in his ward as he attacked the governor of doing little to improve road network in the county.
The assembly member, who is considered in many quarters including the assembly as troublesome, claimed that machinery for road maintenance in the county are normally given to reps who are in good terms with the governor. Others who spoke included Simon Bor and Kipkirui Chepkwony. Governor Lagat bowed to pressure early last month to abandon his push for referendum and since then he has been silent on both the referendum and pesa mashinani issues in all his meetings. A confidant of the governor said that the county assembly is an independent institution which cannot be controlled by a governor.
He regretted that every time when anything is not moving in the right direction people start pointing accusing fingers at the governor. Two weeks ago, assembly members who were perceived to be associated with William Ruto were removed from their positions also because of their opposition to a referendum. Currently the county government is undertaking many development projects which include Kipchoge Stadium, tarmacking of roads, rearranging the towns and fixing water problem among many others.