Lee Kinyanjui’s weekend started well. He played host to the Catholics at ASK showground. This was during the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru Golden Jubilee celebrations. Also in attendance was his counterpart from Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis.
Then later in the afternoon, he joined other leaders at Bahati. This at the home of Bahati MP Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri.
In attendance at Ngunjiri’s home were some MCAs from Uasin Gishu and Transzoia Counties. It was in Uasin Gishu where a few weeks earlier, hawkers had faced the wrath of the county and administration askaris. They had been beaten and their wares destroyed in the melee. At the Thanksgiving held at MP Kimani Nginjiri’s home, the blame had been laid on Uasin Gishu governor’s doorstep.
The press reported that leaders present had heavily castigated Governor Mandago for the move. In his address, Governor Kinyanjui is said to have made remarks that were taken to be tribal. This was one cause for Governor Lee’s nightmarish Monday.
His sentiments against Mandago were have been the topic of discussion. This both in the social and mainstream media. Did Lee imply that Mandago was attacking a certain tribe in Eldoret town? And did he subtly imply that Mandago should take care of the “foreigners” in Eldoret as he was taking care of the ” foreigners” in Nakuru? These sentiments have definitely not augured well with a section of residents in and even outside Nakuru county.
Governor Kinyanjui’s Clarification
The governor was on Monday forced to issue a statement to put matters right.
In the statement, Governor Lee Kinyanjui says he was only reacting to issues raised by those in attendance.
In a move aimed at assuaging Governor Mandago’s supporters, Lee claims to have talked to his Uasin Gishu counterpart on phone. He adds that he has lots of respect for his fellow governors in general. However, his explanation seems not to have made much impact on those who felt affected by the unfortunate remarks.
Missing Statehouse Chairs
To make it an even worse Monday for Governor Lee, one of his trusted lieutenants became embroiled in another ugly saga over the weekend.
On Sunday evening, news broke out that one of the top county officials had recorded a statement with the police. This was over chairs found at a hotel in Nakuru that had allegedly been stolen from Nakuru statehouse.
The chairs are said to have been part of 60 chairs that went missing from the Nakuru Statehouse late last year. How the chairs left the highly guarded premises remains a mystery.
This issue must have taken Governor Lee Kinyanjui by surprise. The official in question is a long-time confidant. Although no official statement has been released, the CEC for Education Raymond Komen had on Sunday evening offered an explanation. Through a Nakuru based blogger, the senior county operative had refuted the claims terming it as a witch hunt.
“They are baseless allegations, fuelled by political enemies out to discredit me and by extension, the Governor Lee Kinyanjui administration,” he said.
The social media had a field day. They made fun of the government about the theft. Names were dragged into the saga and if governor Lee had at any time gone through the thread, he must have wished the day to quickly come to an end.
The mystery of the missing statehouse chairs continues. As the week progresses, Governor Lee must be wishing Monday the 15th of January had never happened.