BY LINET MINAYO
Kajiado governor aspirant Francis Meja has said he is grateful and humbled by the confidence that the people have in him.
Meja made the remarks after trouncing Governor Joseph Lenku and five others in a Strawpoll popularity test that ran on social media for five days.
“I thank them all and at the same time assure them that I shall not let them down,” said Meja in a brief statement soon after results were released by Jonathan Pasha.
Pasha, who is the national secretary of MUA, is a respected political analyst in the region who has single-handedly united his community purposely to fight alleged historical land injustices across six counties in the country.
Meja said the choice the people of Kajiado is making is out of the understanding that bad leadership is costly to them.
“In a situation where all the county government services such as the construction of roads, un-functional hospitals, failure to pay electricity power bills and even pay workers, it creates a big concern among the residents of the county,” said Meja.
The former National Transport and Safety Authority boss, who scored the highest points in the just concluded popularity test, has been critical of Lenku’s administration.
Workers at the county assembly go for months without salaries and allowances and yet taxes are collected by responsible departments.
The county ceased paying pending bills to companies or persons viewed to be critical to Lenku’s administration on his orders.
Some individuals are owed over Sh5 million and not a single cent has been paid since Lenku took office in 2017.
Some of the pending bills that were carried forward from former governor David Nkedianye’s administration has never been paid after Lenku ordered so.
“How can I pay the money that was used to fight me during Nkedianye’s tenure,” Lenku once told one journalist.
Last week, the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe is said to have raised the issue of mismanaged hospitals in the county that forced Lenku to convene a meeting with the board.
The county cannot take in coronavirus patients at the moment despite having been given millions of shillings by the treasury last year to purchase equipment.
Those close to the governor say it is difficult to advise him on issues of governance.