Uhuru’s special gift to Rift Valley as Wiper’s lone ranger changes tune

The President holds the Rift Valley region close to his heart.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with residents of Mosoriot, Nandi County.

Apart from his Central Kenya backyard, the Rift Valley region is where the President draws most of his core support as a result of Deputy President William Ruto who hails from the area.

The Rift Valley region voted almost to a man for President Kenyatta as a result of the crafted alliance that saw his TNA party and Ruto’s URP join forces under the Jubilee Alliance umbrella.

The two have spent close to a week in the region; something which is a rarity with respect to their strict and busy schedule.

It was therefore a wise move that on Monday, Kenyatta launched the construction of a university to honour one of Kenya's popular freedom fighters, Koitalel arap Samoei in Nandi County.

The Nandi are a major sub-group of the Kalenjin community that reside in the Rift Valley with Koitalel heavily revered and respected within the community.

Speaking when he laid the foundation stone at Koitalel Samoei Secondary School where the university named after the re-known Kalenjin leader will be constructed; the President said his government was happy to honour him with a higher institution of learning in a place the freedom fighter is said to have been killed more than a century ago.

DP Ruto on his part said the university was sentimental to the Nandi people saying it represented the "history of our people and the history of Koitalel arap Samoei.”

Ukambani's lone ranger

Barely hours after the Wiper Party warned controversial National Assembly Minority Leader Francis Nyenze over an unspecified action over his remarks which seemed to be an endorsement for Kenyatta, the Kitui West legislator has appears to have changed his tune.

In a humble statement, Nyenze said that he is firmly in Wiper and never at any time contemplated leaving the party.

Nyenze said his statements at Kauwi primary school in Kitui County during the launch of National Youth Service (NYS) programme and presided over by Youth Affairs cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki were taken out of context.

"The 900 young people were very happy to be recruited by the NYS. As their leader, I joined them in rejoicing the good gesture. Whether it is said or not these people were and will be grateful to the government for the jobs and financial support," Nyenze said.

He has now appealed to his supporters to remain calm and focused assuring them that he was firmly in Wiper and Nasa to stay.

Quite an interesting character (with respect to his topsy turvy statements over the past few months) don't you think so?


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