Lee Kinyanjui ‘forgets’ to mention Susan Kihika in his farewell message
Former Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyajui on Friday bid farewell to the people of Nakuru saying he was privileged to serve them for a single term. However, Mr Kinyanjui did not mention his successor Susan Kihika who took oath of office on Thursday.
“As we turn another leaf, we wish the people of Nakuru the very best. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than a better Nakuru. We look forward to it. As it is, we must continue building the nation in our respective portfolios,” Mr Kinyanjui said.
Mr Kinyanjui lost the seat after garnering 225,623 votes against Ms Kihika’s 440,707 votes in a hotly-contested race. Mr Kinyanjui was seeking to defend the seat on an Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition ticket but he was sept away by the Kenya Kwanza Alliance wave, paving way for the first woman governor in the county.
Mr Kinyanjui has however disputed the outcome of the election, claiming that there were several cases of rigging, and that he would move to court.
During her inauguration speech, Governor Kihika assured the residents that she would serve all of them irrespective of their political affiliation and that she would bring the changes they have been longing for.
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The concluded election saw seven women in the country being elected as governors, compared to three in the 2017 election.
The other six are Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Cecily Mbarire (Embu), Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos), Fatuma Achani (Kwale), Kawira Mwangaza (Meru), and Anne Wairguru of Kirinyaga County.
As the governors 45 governors and their deputies took the oath of office, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) signed and committed to Integrity Codes in the presence of Judicial Officers.
Signing of the Integrity Code signifies a commitment and pledge by the State Officer that as they discharge their duties to the public, they will uphold integrity and not betray public trust in any way. The Code is under Part II of the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012.