Former Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua Gets State House Job

Former Nakuru Governor Kinuthis Mbugua, who lost in the Jubilee primaries, has been given a new job at State House.

Mbugua, who lost to sitting Governor Lee Kinyanjui, has been appointed to handle President Uhuru Kenyatta's diary.

According to sources, the Governor, who had vowed to run as an independent candidate but was prevailed upon by the President to step down, will now be one of Kenyatta's assistants.

“Mbugua is one of the President’s aide. He will be in charge of his (Uhuru’s) diary,” one of the sources told the Standard.

Mr Mbugua's former deputy, Joseph Rutto, confirmed that his ex-boss had indeed been appointed to a new position but did not give details of the job.

In June, the former Governor stepped out of the race following lengthy negotiations between him, President Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto.

Officials privy to the talks revealed that Mbugua had decided to quit and support Mr Kinyanjui following a deal brokered at State House.

Announcing the move, President Kenyatta thanked the former county boss for dropping his bid adding that the action proved his respect for the Head of State.

During the campaigns, the President had urged some of the losers in the nominations who were vying independently to step down to ensure Jubilee wins a majority of the seats.

He promised that those who lost would be accommodated in his government if he wins the presidential election.