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Sunday 7 December 2014


Nakuru leadership woes escalated after Uhuru Kenyatta again kept off the local politics the second time this year.
Since the Nakuru National Agricultural Society of Kenya show last year, Uhuru has done his best to shun meetings with the local leadership.
The most recent presidential snub was at Kabarak University when Uhuru flew off immediately leaving leaders flatfooted and only waving as he was airlifted.
A while earlier, Uhuru attended two military functions at Nakuru’s Lanet Barracks and  shrugged off leaders who attempted to hold a meeting with him.
The president decided to spend the night in Elementaita instead of the nearby Nakuru State House.
Some TNA operatives say the president could be justified to sideline Nakuru leaders citing the current wrangles in the TNA party branch and the general local leadership.
They want the local party branch leaders to swallow their pride and join hands for the party’s achievements of the national set goals.
The political wars in the Nakuru county are escalating instead of ending if the recent formation of “Okoa Nakuru” campaign by MPs Samuel Arama and Kimani Ngunjiri is anything to go by.
The Okoa Nakuru campaign according to the two legislators is aimed at improving the county.
Ngunjiri who is viewed as one of the leading critics currently opposed to the Kinuthia administration has of late found himself under scathing attack from some local leaders and residents.
The accusations on the Bahati MP includes an alleged misappropriation of a Bahati land buying group’s investments while his daughter, Edith Kimani, is facing impeachment proceedings at the local assembly over the validity of  her academic papers that won her appointment as PS for trade, industrialisation and tourism at the Nakuru county.
TNA wrangles are revolving around the chairmanship in the local branch as their national party boss is accused of siding with one side.
Attempts by the national office to cool down rising political tempers have hit a snag as the party membership has been jostling  over who should sit at the branch’s prestigious offices situated at the Nakuru’s Milimani estate.

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