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Lenku’s outrageous censure on ‘mannerless’ youth shakes county

Governor Joseph Lenku and wife Edna during his father’s memorial service at their home on January 5 in Lenkisim village, Kajiado.
Governor Joseph Lenku and wife Edna during his father’s memorial service at their home on January 5 in Lenkisim village, Kajiado.
A minor abusing a clan or his senior is a taboo in Maasai culture. Ask yourselves how many people need county jobs and are now jobless

Governor Joseph Lenku says he will sack “wayward” county workers who have turned into agents of insult to his administration.

Governor Joseph Lenku puts his leg forward to dance to a Maasai gospel song after he was sworn to office on August 18 in Kajiado.
Governor Joseph Lenku puts his leg forward to dance to a Maasai gospel song after he was sworn to office on August 18 in Kajiado.

Lenku, who spoke on a tour of his home backyard in Lenkisim, made a direct attack particularly against county civil servants who have become chronic agents of clanism.

The governor who admitted he is not God to satisfy everybody in the entire county but he is trying said when small mistakes happen people should correct each other.

Governor is a Person

“The governor is a person like you. So when things need straightening, criticise fairly because the national government that gives monies, delay to the county,” said Lenku in his address.

He suggested that people should persevere when money from the national treasury delay and agree to move on.

“This is the reason I saying here today that any county employee who will be abusive on social media, I will sack him so that the parent will restrain his son. Once I do that you will hear cries all over in the following week,” observed the governor.

He went on; “A minor abusing a clan or his senior is a taboo in Maasai culture. Ask yourselves how many people need county jobs and are now jobless?”

When he asked the crowd: “Aren’t they many?” They responded: “Many!”

The sentiments made last week in Lenkisim, Kajiado South Sub-County is now a subject of major debate that his critics see as going against fundamental freedoms include freedom of speech and expression.

Viral Audio

The governor’s sentiments, now wildly circulating on social media, on audio which was aired by a local FM radio station has also attracted criticism from social rights defenders.

They see the governor’s utterances as intimidation aimed at his political critics within and without his system. 

Lenku’s administration has received a good number of critics blaming his system for advancing and advocating the vice. 

In that Lenkisim meeting Lenku, without minting words, called on parents to guide their [wayward] children because the government may sack them and replace them with those who are jobless.

Social Media and Clans

“Clans that we come from have never disturbed us, social media and young children are growing clan disunity,” said a seemingly disturbed governor. 

He pointed out that the issue of children abusing their fathers, and children abusing each other in full view of their fathers isn’t the culture of the Maasai tribe.

Those around the governor said the county chief executive has been wary of the power of the social media that is threatening to mess up with his second journey of seeking re-election in 2022.

They claim the governor “is so sensitive to destructive rumours that threaten his political existence”.

Immediately the governor was elected in 2017, he decided to go out of his way to build bridges with those he brushed political shoulders in the run-up up that general election.

County political pundits claim Lenku is a person who cannot operate well with his critics “running freely out there” because he “fears criticism”.

Kieleweke Side of Jubilee

Lenku, who became a “strong” ally of Deputy President William Ruto soon after his election, started growing cold feet at the onset of the Building Bridges Initiative campaigns and moved towards the ‘kieleweke’ side of Jubilee’s political divide.

Soon after Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu was shown the door by an irate Senate after he was impeached by the county assembly and yet he was enjoying the support of the DP, Lenku felt “unsafe” with Ruto.

He quit the Ruto camp and started regular meetings with his predecessor in the internal security docket.

What the governor is not certain about his re-election is how political turncoats will act like when the whistle goes off before the next general election.

Those he thinks are behind him now may pull a fast one on his face. 

He is also not aware who among the nine people the opposition has lined up will face him in that coming general election.

 

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