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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Jostling for Mbugua’s seat in Nakuru kicks off

As Nakuru county’s veteran politicians and new entrants are earnestly proclaiming their intentions for the area’s 2017 elective positions, the governorship position is not left behind.
The county CEO slot is the most  coveted and attractive political position in almost all the country’s 47 counties and particularly in Nakuru where political pundits have been asking who will  go for it come 2017.
According to our survey, if the current scenario is anything to go by, it is expected by many that at the time, the county governorship could revolve around three personalities.
Besides the incumbent Kinuthia Mbugua, names of Lee Kinyanjui and Francis Kimemia prominently feature in the list at the moment.
Despite mentioning of the present occupant Mbugua and Kinyanjui, every time the name Kimemia is mentioned, Nakuru politicians, media and other residents who closely monitor local political developments cock their ears yearnings for maximum details.
Since Kimemia hosted a house-warming party early last year at Nakuru town’s Kiamunyi estate, he is being seen as having ‘declared’ that he is after the Nakuru gubernatorial seat.
Given its grandeur, the house warming raised speculation that Kimemia had more than just building a ‘thingira’ around on his sights.
The speculation heightened when Kimemia  soon afterwards was represented in various funds drives by some county MCAs at most events even including children birthday parties.
Indeed, it is a badly kept secret that some Nakuru MCAs are said to routinely talk to him on phone and routinely visit him as well as some Nakuru county government ministers, journalists and the general county residents.
Although Kimemia outrightly dismisses the claims as totally false, his close friends claim that at his Nairobi office, a visitor or delegation from Nakuru are usually well received.
However, Kimemia’s reported activities on the ground eased sometime last year but after the burial of his father, the rumour resurfaced and it has not helped when towards the end of last year, he attended an Akorino function at Nakuru High School.
Governor Kinuthia Mbugua significantly was not present at the Kiamunyi function but the two were together at Nakuru High.
Like Governor Mbugua was, Kimemia is a career civil servant specialised in provincial administration.
The duo according to those close to them are also reputed to be bossom buddies which may explain Kimemia’s apparent shyness to come out straight about his political intention in the Nakuru county.
A number of the electorate among those we managed to interview across the region, however, have dangled Kinuthia name as the most appropriate for the governorship in the county, the position he currently holds.
“With the experience already depicted and his leadership endeavour, Kinuthia is the appropriate person to be re-elected come the next elections,” said one of those interviewed recently at the county.
Kinyanjui who is also said to be among the serious contenders for the post has been mum on his intentions in the 2017 general elections.
At one of the forums at a Nakuru town hotel, Kinyanjui was quoted to have said that it was too early for him to confirm the political position he would go for in the next general elections.