Tension ensued at a fundraiser in Keek-Onyokie when Governor Joseph ole Lenku rebuked two MCAs for allegedly “undermining” his work as the county CEO.
All was well on Thursday at the home of the National Police Service commissioner, John ole Muyaki until Lenku who was receiving donation money met face-to-face with nominated MCA, Onesmus Ngogoyo.
When Ngogoyo stepped forward to hand over his donation, Lenku, who has been accusing the MCA of undermining his office, refused his money.
Lenku had earlier made a personal donation of Sh2.5 million to assist Moyaki’s family to offset a hospital bill.
“We do not want your money here,” Lenku told Ngogoyo and stood firm for what he said. Ngogoyo, who is known to take on his political opponents with vigour, stayed his cool without uttering a single word.
Some several minutes later, Ngogoyo’s ally, the Ewuaso-Kidong MCA Justus Kilesi arrived at the function and lined up to hand over his donation of Sh70, 000.
Governor Lenku refused his donation after asking him why he (Kilesi) has been ganging up with Ngogoyo to disparage his leadership in the county. Kilesi stood petrified without uttering any word to the governor as the boss takes his day.
At that point, governor Lenku’s adrenaline appeared to have risen to uncontrollable levels to the effect that he wanted to charge at Kilesi.
But before Lenku could move on to attack Kilesi, Deputy Governor Martine Moshisho, who had accompanied his boss to the fundraiser, used his wits to save the MCA’s neck.
Moshisho, while using his undisputed height and wits, swiftly moved to save Kilesi from Lenku’s wrath.
Governor Lenku later left in a chopper for another function in “Dallas” (Dalalekutuk) that afternoon and met with young warriors who were graduating from a manyatta.
When we called Lenku for clarification, he said the two MCAs have on many occasion disparaged him in the county assembly and out there in the public.
“They have no respect for my office. Instead of working with other leaders to deliver on the promises we gave to the people during our 2017 election campaigns, they are busy bringing down bridges,” said an angry Lenku.
Lenku said as the CEO of the county, he would not wish to divide the region on petty issues and appealed to all leaders to support the Building Bridges Initiative for the good of the country.
“We are doing this for posterity. We want our children to enjoy the unity and the togetherness we are initiating as their leaders because we do not want this country to fall back to chaos again,” said Lenku.
But Ngogoyo accused the governor of “disrespecting” fellow leaders.
“When he attacked me at the fundraiser in Keek-Onyokie Ward today, I did not utter any word because I respect him. But following what he did, I want to tell him that he has provoked a wrong person. I will now face him politically,” threatened Ngogoyo.
Kilesi claimed he was not scared by Lenku because he “is my age-mate”, adding that if it was not for Moshisho to intervene, he would have locked horns with the governor.
But Lenku said he had no business fighting MCAs for whatever reasons, but he is trying to unite them for the sake of a united county.