While Kajiado News Update has continued to serve as an opposition tool in the county’s governance, positive gains made by the current leadership should not be swept under the carpet.
After the last general election, Joseph ole Lenku was sworn in as the next governor. As he took office, he had the hard feelings of building bridges with those he was in the race with during the campaigns.
We in KNU, we call that a credit. It is a credit because it was the first to happen in Kajiado that a winner of a political seat could stoop that low and engage his perceived opponent with a view of working together.
While it was not our duty to make a follow-up of governor Lenku’s engagement with those he roped in his leadership, we feel this is the way to go.
When Lenku had already initiated his first handshake with his opposition politicians, President Uhuru Kenyatta later came in to shake hands with opposition doyen Raila Odinga in a bid to unite the country.
Kenyatta or Odinga may have not noticed that what they were doing at the time, had been achieved by governor Lenku.
Lenku’s critics at the time may have thought the governor was worried about the opposition. But that was not the reason.
Governor Lenku could have seen an opportunity in bringing people together to participate in the noble duty of pulling the wheels of development with a combined force.
As an astute negotiator, which we also give credit, Lenku managed to return documents of a group ranch in Kajiado West that had fallen in the wrong hands.
He saved thousands of acres that could have been sold by a lawyer rendering thousands of Kajiado West residents homeless.
Not many people realised governor Lenku’s wits at the moment. The governor, as earlier pointed out, is an astute negotiator.
The latest is the deal he entered with his Taita Taveta counterpart, Granton Samboja on July 4, when he negotiated the return of 2000 acres that had been encroached by the Kamba community from the neighbouring county.
If this is not a plus for Lenku, what is?
At KNU, we thank you for that. The next remaining big assignment is now for you to move to Olorien and save your people from idiosyncrasies of bloodletting fights with their neighbours from Makueni.
KANU has written and highlighted issues in Mikululo and Olorien areas that are not pleasant at all. People have lost lives and property to useless clashes that seem not to be ending any soon.
We believe our governor will channel his energy to the border of Makueni and Kajiado in a bid to negotiate for yet another sanity.