Governor Lenku lashes out at UDA MCAs for snubbing training retreat
Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku has told off members of the County assembly affiliated with the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) over politicking at the expense of development.
Speaking at Maanzoni during the closure of a two days training retreat for MCAs, Lenku said he is not ready to engage in any verbal altercation with the ward representatives who have in the recent past been criticizing his leadership.
He expressed disappointment over the MCAs' failure to attend the training session themed "Transformed and Sustainable Kajiado" despite an official invite.
Modulated pastoralism, livable towns and climate change were the key agendas of the training.
"I sent an official invitation to all Mcas through the County assembly speaker. It is so unfortunate that the assembly politicized the invite and those allied to Kenya Kwanza refused to turn up. Why would they sabotage such a noble training geared towards achieving a better life for the people of Kajiado who elected them?" Governor Lenku posed.
"The same leaders are busy misleading people on press conferences and social media. The massive unfounded allegations do not add value to the people of Kajiado," he added.
The MCAs who gave the training a wide berth held a press conference poking holes in the county's bursary distribution criteria terming it unfair.
Led by deputy speaker Kukan Memusi, the MCAs alleged discrimination in the disbursement of the county's Ksh100 million bursary funds.
However, Lenku termed the allegations as malicious, insisting that he will not be derailed by "propaganda".
The governor said the bursary allocation was purely based on legislation passed by the assembly but MCAs resorted to politicising the matter to mislead the masses.
Lenku urged the MCAs to focus on development for the people of Kajiado and detest political inclinations and unfounded claims.
Ward reps who attended the session urged their counterparts to shun their political differences and embrace unity.
The latest comes amid a standoff over the assembly's move to reject Lenku's three cabinet nominees.
Out of 25 elected MCAs, 13 are allied to UDA making up the majority. The current Speaker Justus Ngussur and his deputy are also allied to UDA.