H.E Governor Amos Nyaribo, Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang'i, Senator Okong'o Mogeni and Woman Rep Jerusha Momanyi at Nyakemincha secondary school fundraising.


Twenty-twenty-two succession politics took center stage when Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i and H.E Governor Amos Nyaribo led politicians in a funds drive in aid of Nyakemincha secondary school in West Mugirango constituency on Friday.

Governor Nyaribo told Borabu MP Ben Momanyi to first master the  management of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) before he can seek the Nyamira County gubernatorial seat.

“To serve as governor is not mere rhetoric. To be governor is not to give lip service to the people but you must be seen to walk the talk. If you are not able to utilize well small resources like CDF at the Constituency level, how can you be entrusted with huge monies at the County level? he asked Mr Momanyi who had earlier said he will try his hand on gubernatorial seat, come 2022.

Governor Nyaribo said he will defend his seat, saying a good leader is evaluated  through his  development record and how well one utilises funds for the common good of the citizens.

“My government has improved rural roads and we will continue ensuring availability of  sufficient drugs in our hospitals as well as  clean water to our people,” he said.

The County Chief told politicians to seek political seats without antagonizing or mudslinging one another.

On his part, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i hit out at politicians opposed to the “handshake”, saying he will not follow them “as they were lying and promising Kenyans goodies which they will not fulfill but for political mileage”.

He said some of the leaders were going round the country luring Kenyans with a lot of empty promises in a bid to have them join their political camp.

Although he did not name names, Dr Matiang'i's  attack appeared to be directed to the Deputy President William Ruto and his brigades who recently toured Nyamira County and enumerated a number of projects which the Second in Command claimed to have initiated in the region.

Dr Matiang'i said: “He lies while seeking votes from locals that all government projects in this region were initiated by him. I wonder why some of our  Gusii leaders continue following him yet they know he is lying.”

He added: “Some of the buses he distributed to our schools are very old and have become a burden to parents  and his donations he dishes during his rallies are meant to hoodwink voters.”

The CS asked West Mugirango MP Kemosi Mogaka who was in attendance to stop following Mr Ruto and ditch UDA as well, arguing that the DP was taking him nowhere.

“We know who has done what in the government. Our Members of Parliament, please tell those people you are walking with to stop lying to Kenyans,” Mr Matiang'i said.

The CS was accompanied by Implementation Secretary in the Interior ministry Jane Mugambi, Nyamira County Senator Okong’o Omogeni, Woman Representative Jerusha Momanyi, Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka, Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati, Solicitor General Ken Ogeto and Lands Commission Chairman Gershom Otachi.

Mr Arati asked those who have been enticed to join UDA to reconsider their political stand by rejoining ODM which is “ a party that will form the government next year.”

The West Mugirango MP asked Dr Matiang'i to intervene and ensure Bondeni – Makairo – Magombo road is tarmacked.

Senator Mogeni cautioned students against burning schools when aggrieved. He asked them instead to present their grievances to schools management for amicable solution.

Mr Matiangi said he is committed in ensuring that infrastructure in  schools in Nyamira County were replenished in a bid to improve their academic performance.

“There is congestion in most schools in Nyamira County and that is why we want to improve their infrastructure to decongest them,” he said.

He said the Qatari Government will drill a borehole and put a tank at Nyakemincha secondary school while Safaricom Foundation will construct a laboratory at the institution.


November 6, 2021