Governors Clash During Heated Closed-Door Meeting

  • Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya (center) with other governors including Makueni's Kivutha Kibwana at a press conference in January 2020.
    Kakamega Senator Wycliffe Oparanya (centre) with other governors including Makueni's Kivutha Kibwana at a press conference in January 2020.
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  • Details have emerged about the Governor's tense closed-door meeting in Naivasha on Monday, November 9, ahead of a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who was the head of the conference, confirmed that the exchange was heated forcing him to intervene numerous times.

    The county bosses had met at Enashipai Resort in Naivasha to discuss the Building Bridges Initiative before meeting with the Head of State on Tuesday, November 10.

    “Things are hot inside there but I cannot talk now because I don’t want to pre-empt. We will give you our resolution," stated the Council of Governor's boss according to People Daily.

    Migori Governor Okoth Obado at Kenya School of Government (KSG), Lower Kabete in Kiambu During a Consultative Devolution meeting
    Migori Governor Okoth Obado at Kenya School of Government (KSG), Lower Kabete in Kiambu During a Consultative Devolution meeting
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    Factions differed on several proposals including a requirement that governor's pick deputies from opposite genders as well as appoint ministers from elected Members of the County Assembly.

    Three governors, Governors Okoth Obado (Migori), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru) and Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), opposed the opposite gender rule for county bosses arguing that the exercise would impede democracy.

    Obado even alluded that it would amount to political suicide.

    “Even in mature democracy like in the US, the candidates make their decision on who should be their running mate,” stated Obado.

    “If it is after the elections then it is okay, but as a running mate it doesn’t sit well with us,” argued Njuki.

    Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, on the other hand, praised the proposal dismissing her male counterparts notion that there are few female politicians in the ring.

    “What they claim here is that it is very difficult to get the opposite gender because they do not have strong women on the ground as there are men.

    It would be very good because we would be building capacity for women. They also start to learn how to run for office and that is the argument we are putting here," she stated.

    Some of the BBI proposals had raised eyebrows among different sects of the political arena with those allied to Deputy President William Ruto claiming that the document needs to be amended.

    Kitui governor Charity Ngilu during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting in Mombasa on January 25, 2020.
    Kitui governor Charity Ngilu during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting in Mombasa on January 25, 2020.
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