Since their election in August 2017, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Senator Susan Kihika do not see eye to eye. And as we begin the year, the two have renewed their political rivalry, this time over a Sh300 million hospital rehabilitation project.
Kinyanjui is now accusing Kihika of opposing the rehabilitation of Naivasha sub-county hospital “just for the sake of it”.
Last week, on her social media account, Kihika accused the governor of sidelining women and the general population of Naivasha sub-county when he unveiled a technical team to spearhead the project.
In his New Year’s message, Governor Kinyanjui clarified that the technical team is made up of architects, engineers, planners and quantity surveyors.
“It is necessary to clarify that the team I unveiled has experts from various fields. My Chief of Staff represents the executive,” he said, adding that no funds will be transferred to the county government or the hospital’s management.
“Instead, the KenGen management will handle the procurement and financing of the project while the county will be involved in design, supervision and equipment.
Now the governor’s handlers are accusing Kihika of going against a presidential directive by opposing a national government project.
“It is the president who issued the directive to KenGen to rehabilitate the hospital after pleas by the governor. The senator is playing politics with a national government project,” said a senior county official who did not wish be named because is he not authorised to speak on behalf of the governor.
Efficient and reliable facility
While commissioning the Olkaria 1 well V1 project in November last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) to finance the refurbishment of the sub-county hospital following a plea by Governor Kinyanjui.
The choice of the hospital upgrade was in recognition of the need by residents for an efficient and reliable health facility.