David Gikaria – The charming Nakuru Town East MP

Politician David Gikaria

Born in the same year that Kenya gained her independence, 1963, David Gikaria has lived most of his life in Nakuru Town. He has also spent most of his adult life in public service starting off as the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chairman in the Rift Valley Branch.

David Gikaria, a two-term MP, started his education studies in 1973 at St. Theresa Primary School in Kivumbini near Bondeni where he did his Certificate of Primary Education (CPE). From 1980 up to 1983, the Nakuru Town East MP attended Menengai High school for his O-Level certificate and later acquired his A’Level in 1985.

After his stint working at FKF, the charismatic legislator joined the Pyrethrum Board of Kenya in 1986 where he remained until 2001 after which he joined politics. Few people are aware that David Gikaria studied Accounting and Management. During his time at PBK, he enrolled at Strathmore University in 1989 for a Certified Public Accountant course for a two-year course.

Having left PBK in 2001, Hon. David Gikaria joined politics and vied as a Councillor in Nakuru Municipal Council representing Lakeview Ward for a five year period between 2003 and 2007. In 2008, he was elected the Nakuru Municipal Council Mayor until 2010. It was during his time as Councillor that he joined the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) in the years 2005 and 2006 to study Management.

Gikaria got re-elected as the Lakeview Ward Councillor in 2011 up to 2013.

David Gikaria in National Politics

In 2012, David Gikaria vied and won as the MP of the newly established Nakuru East MP. The metropolitan constituency had been hived off from the Nakuru Town Constituency which had been divided into two under the 2010 constitution. He was elected on a TNA ticket.

In 2017, he was re-elected but this time on a Jubilee party ticket. He is serving his second term and will be defending his seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket. The party is led by Deputy President Dr William Ruto who will also be vying as President on the same party.

Between 2012 and 2016, Gikaria joined Mount Kenya University in Nakuru Campus to pursue a Bachelor of Business Management in Purchases and Supplies Management.

In Nakuru City, Hon. David Gikaria is popularly known as TM and Baba Yao. The TM is a short form for “Team Manager” and it was given to him due to his love for football. The Baba Yao is a pet name from his fans who are mostly the youth and women especially those from the low-income social groups.

TM has a penchant for fighting for the seemingly downtrodden in the community and he has found himself on the wrong side of the law for this. He also tends to lean towards populist politics which has made him popular among the majority of his constituents.

Baba Yao is an openly polygamous man who doesn’t shy away from parading his spouses in public and takes pride in his large family. He’s a highly sociable person who easily interacts with his constituents. Coupled with his sharp political mind, this has ensured he has survived two decades in the Nakuru political scene.

Frustrated for supporting Ruto? Kihika, Gikaria locked out of Presidential function

Nakuru County Senator Susan Kihika and Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria were today barred from accessing the venue of a public event.

The two who are ardent supporters of the Deputy President were turned back at the gate of the venue. Police manning the entrance said they had “orders from above” to bar the two from accessing the venue.

“We have orders from above to prevent politicians from coming to meeting,” said a senior police officer at the entrance. He added that the gathering was meant to be apolitical and thus politicians would not be let in. Earlier, the Jubilee chairman for Nakuru County, David Manyara, who is also a former MP was also prevented from entering the PC’s ground where the event was taking place.

The action to turn back the two popular politicians has not gone well with residents though. Expressing their anger on social media, some of even gone ahead to call the action childish and petty.

“It was petty and childish for some people to turn away some section of other leaders simply because they support an opposing stand,” wrote a resident on Facebook.

The action to turn away the two is seen to have been caused by their support for the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto. The president and his cronies have lately been lashing out at Ruto supporters since the March 2018 handshake between President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. Earlier, another Ruto supporter, Mwangi Kiunjuri was relieved off his duties as the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture. His position was given to Peter Munya.

Another Uhuru sycophant, Zachary Kinuthia was rewarded by an appointment as Cabinet Assistant Secretary (CAS) for education.

“This is a clear sign that the country is divided right through the middle with those who support Ruto being punished and those opposed to him getting rewarded,” said a political analyst in Nakuru.

The action to punish the two leaders by locking them out however seems to have bouyed them up politically. The news of their predicament has totally overshadowed the reason for today’s meeting with Senator Susan Kihika being the most spoken about politician in Nakuru currently.

“We know they’re trying to frustrate the senator for supporting the Deputy President. But we shall stand by her and she has our support,” said Francis Kiprop from Kuresoi. His sentiments were echoed by many who feel that their senator has faced tribulations for having stood steadfast with the DP.

County Outlines Plans to Promote Small Businesses

Hawkers operating in Nakuru Town will be given the priority in occupying stalls at the upcoming bus park.

Nakuru Town has over 5, 000 hawkers, most of them operating from bus termini, streets and public parks.

As Nakuru Municipality gears up to be a City, Governor Lee Kinyanjui has promised of an inclusive City for socio-economic betterment.

In an interview, Mr Lee said all ‘marginalized groups’ should be involved in productive activities derived from the City status opportunities.

Tuesday morning, hawkers sought an audience with the County leadership decrying alleged harassment by enforcement officers.

The traders’ chairperson Mr Joseph Mburu said some hawkers were arrested and their wares confiscated by enforcement officers.

After a lengthy deliberation at the Old Municipal Chambers, it was agreed upon that the hawkers have a conducive environment to conduct their business.

Public Service Management and Devolution minister Mwania Mwangangi said the hawkers were operating in undesignated zones.

“We will not relent in ensuring the town is orderly and friendly and enhance security for all stakeholders,” vowed Mr Mwania.

Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria commended the Office of the Governor for embracing dialogue and offering alternative solutions to problems.

“Upcoming termini for long-distance vehicles at the railway’s yard will help decongest the town and offer employment opportunities,” Mr Gikaria stated.

The Institute of Economic Affairs places Nakuru County second to Nairobi County as a leading investment destination in the country.

In terms of Gross Domestic Product, Nakuru comes fourth after Kiambu, Nyeri and Kajiado Counties.

The County Government of Nakuru is renovating of major markets and building others across the County as a way of supporting the small scale traders.

“Their contribution to the economy is immense and necessary support will be accorded to see their businesses flourish,” said the Governor in an earlier interview.

Mr Mburu called on the traders to abide by set rules and by-laws to avoid confrontation with enforcement officers.

He commended the County Government of Nakuru to have the arrested traders released and ware handed back.

Kihika Kicks Off Her Presidential Elections Coordinator Role In Earnest

Recently appointed Coordinator of the Presidential Campaign Team in the former Central Rift Valley, Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Susan Kihika, yesterday
Chaired a meeting with the top Nakuru County leadership led by the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.
The seven Nakuru Jubilee MPs including Women Representative Mary Mbugua, the four Senators led by the elected one, James Kiarie Mungai also attended the meeting.

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Kihika with Liza Chelule and Martha Wangari

The forum, which kick-started her new role, started around midday at the Hotel Continental, near Parliament, Nairobi and is the first of a series to be spearheaded by Kihika, 42.
As expected today, an eighth MP, rebel ODM lawmaker Samuel Otara Arama was also present with the surprise member present being Kanu’s Moses Cheboi of Kuresoi North constituency.
However, Jubilee MP Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri of Bahati skipped the occasion, although some sources indicated that he’d been seen at the venue but later disappeared.Ngunjiri is the dark horse in this arrangement, initiated by both President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Samoei Ruto, as he’s reportedly opposed Kihika being the flagbearer of the Presidential torch in the region.
However Nelson Gaichuhie, the Subukia MP also of Jubilee but who’s outside Kenya sent his apologies as did Jacob Macharia of Molo but Deputy Governor Joseph Kibore Ruttoh was in attendance.
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MPs at the meeting

Others present were:
David Gikaria Wairimu- Nakuru Town East
Ndiritu Mathenge- Gilgil
Joseph Kiuna- Njoro
John Kihagi- Naivasha
While Cheboi attended, his Kanu counterpart, Raymond Kipruto arap Moi was absent as usual as was another breakaway MP, Kuresoi South legislator Zakayo Cheruiyot of the Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto-led Chama Cha Mashinani party.
 
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Hon. Gikaria and Kiuna

Other Senators present were Martha Wangari, Liza Chelule and Paul Njoroge who’re all Jubilee nominees.
“It was a briefing meeting regarding the Jubilee Party. She (Kihika) will this Friday be meeting the Jubilee MCAs and on the coming Friday 18th, she’ll be meeting with all the aspirants in Nakuru County”, one of those in attendance confided.
The meeting was to strategise on how to start the re-election of the UhuRuto Presidency during next year’s polls.
Kihika is in charge of the campaigns covering Nakuru, Laikipia and Baringo Counties and was appointed to the position recently during the inaugural Jubilee National Governing Council held at the Bomas of Kenya and presided over by both President Uhuru and DP Ruto.
A source said earlier that the Nakuru top elected political leadership were due to meet at a resort at Sunbird Lodge in Elementaita, Naivasha but it was abruptly shifted to the capital city for unknown reasons.

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