Outgoing Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye will not contest Joseph ole Lenku’s win as “the region is bigger than individuals”.
Nkedianye said this on Friday, noting he had grounds to file a court petition but opted for peace.
The ODM politician moved his supporters to tears with these declarations after claiming there were many irregularities in the August 8 general election.
“Kenya cannot burn again because of vested political interests. I decided to leave my fate to God because it is Him who knows who the winner was.”
His words were greeted with a thunderous applause from guests during the hand-over to the incoming governor.
Nkedianye said he would have also opted to stay at home during Lenku’s swearing-in but decided to set a good precedent for the children of Kajiado.
He told Lenku he will be available should his counsel be needed on sensitive matters such as land.
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The ex-county boss advised his successor to handle such matters with the absolute sensitivity it deserves.
Lenku agreed with Nkedianye that land issues in Kajiado remain sensitive owing to the interests of communities that have settled in the region.
“I am in agreement with my brother Nkedianye that land is an explosive issue that ought to be handled with care,” he said.
“Land issues are emotive and require diligent planning to avoid potential pitfalls.”
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The new Governor said key land-related challenges in the county include a weak policy, corruption and haphazard segmentation.
Lenku further said the grabbing of public land undermines the county’s economic development and future growth potential.
“My government shall streamline economic development with emphasis on sectors where we have strategic and competitive advantage.”
Health CS Cleopa Mailu, DPP Keriako Tobiko, PSs Phylis Kandie and Joe Njeru and other top government officials attended the fete.