In Summary
  • Mr Kabugi on Wednesday cautioned that the relocation of county headquarters would send confusing signals to investors.
  • Last week the county assembly passed a motion to shift the seat of the county government and its legislative arm from Nanyuki to Rumuruti town which members said had space for expansion.
  • Governor Irungu’s office has however, maintained that the relocation of the headquarters was part of the blueprint to open up and develop the county.
  • Senator GG Kariuki of Laikipia has planned a meeting with Laikipia East residents in Nanyuki at the weekend to try and forestall a fallout.

Laikipia governor Joshua Irungu and his deputy Gitonga Kabugi have taken different stands over the planned relocation of county headquarters from Nanyuki to Rumuruti.

Mr Kabugi on Wednesday cautioned that the relocation of county headquarters would send confusing signals to investors.

“We should not be sending mixed signals to our investors whom we desperately need at the moment.

Most investors will hold back their investments as they wait to see what direction the county is taking,” Mr Kabugi said in a statement to the media.

Last week the county assembly passed a motion to shift the seat of the county government and its legislative arm from Nanyuki to Rumuruti town which members said had space for expansion.

But Mr Kabugi said the county government had better priorities such as addressing poor road network, water, rampant human-wildlife conflicts and taking health care closer to people.

Relocating the headquarters was a luxury that Laikipia people cannot afford, the deputy governor said, adding that the debate was not good for the county.

RUMURUTI IT IS

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