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Moses Kuria goes bare knuckle on Uhuru accusing him of developing areas that voted opposition

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing a rebellion in Mt Kenya region over claims that the government has neglected the area that overwhelmingly voted for Jubilee.

The rebellion, which has been simmering, boiled over on New Year when Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria openly accused the President of ignoring the region and focusing on developing areas that voted the opposition.

As we enter 2019, you (voters) must think … our responsibility is not just to vote and after voting, we (the government that we form) take development to other regions. That kind of nonsense must stop,” he said at Thika Stadium on New Year.

‘RECOVERING ALCOHOLICS’

Mr Kuria added: “We want the President to also commission water projects, roads and electricity when he comes here. We were with him in Kisumu where he commissioned a road project, but when he visits (Kiambu) he only issues certificates to recovering alcoholics.”

During the Kisumu tour, the President commissioned construction of Ahero Interchange and also inspected the Kakamega-Kisumu road project.

The vocal MP said the region, which has Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Embus, was still grappling with underdevelopment and asked the government to uplift it.

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His sentiments have been supported by bloggers and MPs who spoke to the Nation yesterday. They feel that although the government since 2013 has launched projects worth billions of shilling, most have stalled.

A decision to freeze new projects by the President in July last year has also hit the region hard.

In the first term, we understood when he launched projects in opposition areas because he did not want to seem to be favouring Mt Kenya. Then he froze new projects when he was sworn in, meaning only those in opposition areas are being completed but none are starting here,” an MP from central Kenya who did not want to be quoted antagonising the President said.

Another from Mt Kenya east said the government is “targeting” sectors that directly impact locals including transport, imports and real estate.

‘KILLED OUR ECONOMY’

“If the government cripples these sectors and does not improve others like coffee and tea, then it has killed our people economically. Why did we vote for Jubilee only to make us poorer?” Posed the MP.

The government has moved to stop illegal imports, introduced stringent Matatu rules and demolished buildings on grabbed land.

Prof Peter Kagwanja, a political analyst, in a recent interview with the Nation over the effects of the ‘handshake’ in central Kenya politics, said locals were having concerns arising from limited attention to the region’s issues and alleged skewed party nominations, which he said are likely to hurt Jubilee in 2022 “more than anybody else.”

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But others feel that Mr Kuria and others are too harsh on the President.

A senator from the region, who wished not to be quoted, said the MP’s sentiments on President Kenyatta neglecting the region’s development were spot on but his tone and context was more political and meant to seek relevance.

One MP came to the defence of the President saying he is not at fault.

Kuria was directing his anger in the wrong place. We agreed to lobby silently when we met in Naivasha and projects will soon be commissioned,” said the MP who did not want to be quoted as it would jeopardise efforts he is leading to reconcile leaders from the region.

There is a better way which as leaders we can talk, even publicly, which we normally do even in Uhuru’s presence. He has to choose his words right while addressing the president,” the lawmaker said.

How can Kuria talk to the President like that? Shame on him,” tweeted former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo.

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Uhuru, Ruto on lunch date a day after controversial appointment of Matiang’i

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, on Wednesday, shut down dispute rumours with a lunch date in Mombasa.

Uhuru hosted Ruto for a Swahili lunch merely a day after he re-organized his cabinet seemingly trimming down responsibilities for his deputy.

The meeting was reportedly a closed door one in which the two intended to discuss the President’s recent appointments that sparked talks all across the country.

On Tuesday, Uhuru appointed Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as the new chairman for National Development Implementation Technical Committee.

 

Matiang’i, a brash go-getter, was tasked with supervising all state projects including the all-important Big 4 Agenda.

As the Chairperson, Matiang’i will also answer directly to President Uhuru.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Mombasa residents shortly after the meeting

This prompted several leaders to react to the changes including Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, a close ally of Ruto, who sarcastically congratulated Uhuru on his move.

 

 

“Congratulations to President Uhuru for the Exec Order 1 of 2019 and to my friends CSs Matiang’i and Henry Rotich for the additional responsibilities.

“We look forward to a more co-ordinated service delivery and greater accountability to the people of Kenya. God bless you William Ruto,” posted Murkomen.

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PHOTOS: See what Ruto and Uhuru did just a day after cabinet shakeup

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted Deputy President William Ruto for a Swahili lunch date in Mombasa.

This is a day after announcing a cabinet re-organization that diluted the influence of Mr Ruto.

The president had on Tuesday issued Executive Order No 1 2019 that named Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’i as chairman of the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee.

Dr Matiang’i’s  super role of providing ‘supervisory leadership” in national government programmes and projects has been seen as the president’s effort to remove his deputy from the inspection and management of key government projects.

Deputy President William Ruto is driven away after his lunch date with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta waves to his supporters after having lunch at Barka restaurant in Mombasa

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta waves to his supporters after having lunch at Barka restaurant in Mombasa

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Massive jigger infestation turns widow’s life into hell

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Jelia Makomba, an 80-year-old granny who was once a strong woman who could run her errands unhindered is battling a massive jigger infestation on her feet that has grounded her.

According to her elder son James Abina Kabinga, the family has given up, deeming her problem mysterious and incurable.

Makomba who comes hails from Bochiroche village, North Mugirango in Nyamira county, is currently at Nyamira County Referral Hospital where she was dumped by well-wishers,

Villager Joel Ondieki says the community disowned the octogenarian and no one wanted to be associated with her.

Nyamira Level Five Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Samuel Ombati confirms Makomba’s condition which was caused by jigger infestation is manageable.

 

Area County Health executive Douglas Bosire says about 2,000 homesteads are affected by the parasites.

Source: People Daily

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