Did Farouk Kibet slap Susan Kihika?
Susan Kihika has denied reports she was recently slapped by Farouk Kibet.
Considered a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto, the Nakuru senator has in recent times shared messages on her socials suggesting all is not well on the political front leading to speculations she was assaulted.
Kibet is, meanwhile, known to be a power broker within the DP’s inner circle.
“We have no issues at all,” Kihika told Nation.
“Farouk was even the best man during my wedding, so he is a family friend. The issue that he slapped me last week is laughable. It was propaganda propagated by bloggers hired by my opponents,” she added.
Besides the denial, sources indicate Ms Kihika is in bad books with the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party bureaucrats, with some claiming she is planting seeds of discord in the party.
“It is true Senator Kihika had preferred candidates in the party nominations and may have influenced the outcome, something that has not gone down so well with the top party officials,” revealed a Nakuru MP who sought anonymity.
Reached for comment amid speculation of a tiff with the Senator, DP Ruto’s aide, Farouk Kibet, did not respond.
Despite her troubles, Ms Kihika has worn a brave face, dismissing claims that she was at loggerheads with UDA honchos.
Ms Kihika, who became the Nakuru County Assembly Speaker after losing the Bahati parliamentary elections in 2013, garnered an impressive 672,143 votes in 2017 to become one of only three elected women senators. Her closest challenger, Mr Samwel Ogada of ODM, had 57,524.
She is seeking to oust current Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui in the August 2022 polls.