In Summary
  • Mr Kuria openly accused the President of ignoring the region and focusing on developing areas that voted for the opposition.
  • The President recently commissioned construction of Ahero Interchange and also inspected the Kakamega-Kisumu road project.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing a rebellion in Mt Kenya region over claims that the government has neglected the area that overwhelmingly supported Jubilee.

The rebellion, which has been simmering, boiled over on New Year when Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria openly accused the President of ignoring the region and focusing on developing areas that voted for the opposition.

“As we enter 2019, you (voters) must think … our responsibility is not just to vote and after voting, we (the government that we form) take development to other regions. That kind of nonsense must stop,” he said at Thika Stadium on New Year.

Mr Kuria added: “We want the President to also commission water projects, roads and electricity when he comes here. We were with him in Kisumu where he commissioned a road project, but when he visits (Kiambu) he only issues certificates to recovering alcoholics.”

DEVELOPMENT
During the Kisumu tour, the President commissioned construction of Ahero Interchange and also inspected the Kakamega-Kisumu road project.

The vocal MP said the region, which carries Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Embu counties, is still grappling with underdevelopment and asked the government to uplift it.

His sentiments have been supported by bloggers and MPs who spoke to the Nation yesterday.

They feel that although the government since 2013 has launched projects worth billions of shilling, most have stalled.

AGRICULTURE

A decision to freeze new projects by the President in July last year has also hit the region hard.

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