The recent criticism of Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua for allegedly targeting Mt. Kenya entrepreneurs has now become the center of a conflict between the Central and Western regions.
It is also believed to be a part of Mr. Gachagua's spat with Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, intensifying a tense relationship between the political heavyweights that started while President William Ruto was seeking a running mate early last year.
And now, as politicians from Mount Kenya and the Western regions publicly sparred, the war for Nairobi is exposing the nation's second-in-command and Mr. Mudavadi's hidden rift. Political observers think the conflict between Mr. Gachagua and the former Vice President, who are vying for Dr. Ruto's attention, is what's causing the verbal exchanges between the two regions' politicians.
"With their positions, their desires have been rekindled since Rigathi now realizes he is close to becoming president and the successor to the king, while Musalia also realizes he has a possibility of becoming president, perhaps in 2027 or 2032. They would try to use their positions to reposition and restore their reputations." Prof. Masibo Lumala of Moi University projected.
Lawmakers in the Western region strongly criticized the DP for his comments and advised him to avoid Nairobi politics. Asserting that he has a right to defend the community, their colleagues in Mount Kenya have come out firing to defend Mr. Gachagua.
Leaders from both areas have engaged in a verbal spat as a result, and some Western MPs have threatened to remove Mr. Gachagua from office if he does not cease "meddling" in Nairobi issues.
On the other hand, Mount Kenyan leaders have criticized their Western colleagues over the threats of impeachment.
"How will they gather support to impeach the Deputy President if they are unable to unite their region to vote as a bloc? For their knowledge, Sakaja is cooperating with our adversaries and is subject to impeachment "declared MP Eric Wamumbi of Mathira, who replaced the DP.
General Simon Kamua advised Kenya Kwanza leaders to concentrate on service delivery yesterday and claimed there is no separation between Mr. Gachagua and Mr. Mudavadi. "The majority of our politicians would prefer to prosper from turmoil. When it comes to delivering when we have just been in office for 100 days, we cannot afford to be divided. We can succeed in creating the nation if we work together rather than exchanging nasty words.
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