Outgoing Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye today said his decision not to contest election results is because the region is bigger than an individual.
Nkedianye moved his supporters to tears when he claimed there were many irregularities in the just concluded elections that would have seen him seek legal redress but opted out of that route because he stands for peace.
“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 in this race for Kajiado governor,” said Nkedianye amid a thunderous applause from guests during the handing over to incoming governor, Joseph Lenku.
He said he would have also opted to stay at home during the swearing-in ceremony for governor-elect Lenku but decided to set precedence to the children of Kajiado that no one will ever claim a political office is hers/his.
The outgoing governor offered Lenku to avail himself if he so requires his counsel on sensitive matters such as land and advised his successor to handle such matters with absolute sensitiveness it deserves.
Lenku on his part agreed with Nkedianye that indeed land matters in Kajiado is “sensitive” owing to the interests of the various communities that have settled in the region from other places of the country.
“I am in agreement with my brother, Nkedianye, that land is an explosive issue that ought to be handled with care. Land issues are emotive and require diligent planning to avoid potential pitfalls,” said Lenku.
He said key land-related challenges today in the county include a weak land policy twinned with corruption and haphazard land segmentation and use.
The incoming governor said grabbing of public land and spaces meant for current expansion and future development and scaling up of public roads, institutions and infrastructure undermines economic development and future growth potential.
“My government shall streamline economic development with emphasis on sectors that we have a strategic and competitive advantage on. This shall include structuring and aligning citizens’ development priorities to economic development pillars and land use zones,” he said.
In attendance were Health CS, Cleopa Mailu, DPP Keriako Tobiko, PSs Phylis Kandie and Joe Njeru and other top government dignitaries.