Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria have finally come out public on the Tuesday incident where they were denied access to a State function that was officiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nakuru.
Addressing media in Nakuru town on Wednesday afternoon, the two leaders termed the incident as unfortunate stating that as elected leaders in Nakuru they were shocked to be told that they could not be allowed in due to the ‘order form above’.
They duo are now pointing an accusing finger to a section of Nakuru county leaders among them the County Commissioner for trying to create a none-issue on matters security.
Senator Kihika stating that whatever they were subjected to on Tuesday at the Rift Valley Regional Headquarters gate in Nakuru is due to their continued agitation for the interests of the citizens.
While lauding the President for the issuance of title deeds to the Nyankinyua Group,Senator Kihika noted that it was wrong for them to be locked out of the exercise yet they had contributed in the whole process of titling.
“Our biggest role as Legislators is oversight not only on counties but also in National government and the issue of titling we were part of it only to be told that we could not access the venue of the function” said Kihika.
The vocal Nakuru Senator who is also a member of the ruling Jubilee Party that is led by President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto stating that they will not relent in agitating for solutions towards challenges facing common citizens.
The Senator refuted claims that there is rift between leaders in Nakuru and the country at large citing that local politics had a hand in the Tuesday incident.
“If agitating for the interests of common citizen will see us can see us locked out of state functions then let it be but we shall go on. We hold offices that we were given by the people.We shall continue whether we are shut in or out as long as we are serving the people” said Kihika.
Similar sentiments echoed by Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria who stated that as Legislators and members of Jubilee they believe in manifesto among them titling.
Gikaria admitting that he heard on Radio that the President was to be in Nakuru for the titling program and expected the National government administration to invite them as local leaders but on his surprise they never got any.
He adds this forced them to avail themselves only to be blocked at the gate.
“I heard on the Radio that the President is coming and we expected the Administration to invite us. However we never got one. So as leaders we decided to attend only to be blocked at the gate” said Gikaria.
He claims local leaders among them Governor and County commissioner had a hand in whatever happened.
The second serving Nakuru Town East MP calling on the organizers of the Presidential events to re-think and stop using the President who is the symbol of unity to divide leaders.
“The organizers of the President events should be advised. People were ferried from Subukia and Gilgil to Nakuru yet no resident of Nakuru Town East was a beneficiary. As leaders we respect the President who is the symbol of unity. Let no one use the symbol to divide us” said Gikaria.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria addressing media in Nakuru on Jan 15,2020.