3rd December 2012
There are a large number of folks that are looking to govern Nyeri County and six of them were pitching their policies to Chege Kariuki’s audience on K24’s The Office.
Everyone wants to be a governor in Kenya nowadays and folks looking to lead the current president’s home county of Nyeri came out in force on K24’s The Office. The candidates were current MP Nderitu Gachagua, Doctors Njururi Mutahi and Thuo Mathenge as well as lawyer Paul Ng’arua Kamuyu and chairman of Nyeri county council chairman Wachira Keen.
The issues were quite interesting according to the way the debate was going. The presidency has been kind to the area with major infrastructure gains in the decade that President Mwai Kibaki has been around. The most interesting thing for me was the discussion on what the candidates would do about the rampant alcoholism that the county faces. Nyeri has been plagued by men who have been known to love the drinking lifestyle at the expense of their duties of taking care of their families. Even worse is the lack of new residents in the area as the boozing is so bad that children aren’t been sired in that part of the country.
There were many other issues on the table and I must say that debate was quite robust. My personal favourite was the lawyer guy Paul Kamuyu. The guy has been a lawyer dealing with matters at the ICC Rwanda on the genocide but he was the guy with the old politico gimmick; the fly whisk. He was also quite strong in his debating which makes sense I suppose since he is a lawyer after all.
The other candidate I really liked was Wachira Keen. He looked like someone who was in touch with the real issues on the ground and these are the candidates who usually have been busy building their support base. He seemed sober in his submissions as well.
The others did not work so well for me. Nderitu Gachagua a current MP is a typical politician with his claims to having been on some parliamentary committee not working so well for me. He may have been useful but I am sadly never on the side of an MP of the current parliament where any debate is concerned. Dr Mutahi seemed passionate but doesn’t look like the kind of guy that will get too much support to me. Dr Mathenge was a big time farmer who felt that it is time for those that have done it before to be given to the chance to do it for their home county.
Ultimately the decision will be made by the folks of Nyeri. Hopefully whoever gets the job will deal with the booze problem in that county and we will start seeing a new generation of young Nyerians.