Lenku, Nkedianye s*******y battle plays out at Raila’s rally
The supremacy battle between Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku and his predecessor David Nkedianye played out in public during Orange Party leader Raila Odinga’s rally in the county on Wednesday.
Lenku and Nkedianye supporters interrupted speakers with sustained shouting and heckling.
Kajiado Central MP Elijah Memusi, who was the Master of Ceremonies, claimed he was privy to information that handouts had been dished out to the chanting crowds. Memusi, a key Nkedianye ally, acknowledged that there were intense political differences among local leaders, but declared that the heckling could not stop him from addressing the crowd.
“Kajiado is in Azimio La Umoja. We have our own political differences to deal with but for now all we are saying is that the unity of purpose is Raila’s presidency whether one is in Jubilee or ODM,” said Memusi.
While Ole Lenku of Jubilee has projected himself as the face of Azimio in the county, Nkedianye says he has been Raila’s staunchest supporter in the area.
By pushing Azimio’s crusade, Ole Lenku will have effectively inherited Handshake communities that have in the past been largely voting for Nkedianye whose running-mate, Kajiado North MP Joseph Manje, was forced to cut short his speech by hecklees after speaking for only 30 seconds.
“I will not be defending my seat, instead I will work with Nkedianye,” he said before handing over the microphone. Lenku’s speech was also at some point interrupted by a charged crowd who shouted him down.
Prior to the much publicised event, Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed had held a closed-door meeting to rally the leaders to desist from local politics but the move did not bear any fruits.