Graft: Substantiate your claims, Nkedianye tells Ncharo

Former county boss says utterances amount to petty politicking 

By Jonathan Teikan 

Former Kajiado Governor Dr David Nkedianye has told off county education minister Jeremiah ole Ncharo over his claims that the former county boss embezzled public funds when he was in office. 

Speaking at the home of former County Public Service Board (CPSB) chairman John ole Moyaki, where he was a chief guest at the graduation ceremony of Moyaki’s son, the county minister had allegedly said Nkedianye was involved in looting public coffers. He had added that Nkedianye was seeking a comeback to continue looting. 

Ncharohad said that during the previous regime, the local government allocated only Ksh40 million annually for bursaries to needy students, an amount that the current government has increased to Ksh150 million. 

“Where does the current regime get the money that the previous one did not get? It simply means that someone was looting the money and is now seeking a comeback to continue the looting,” the minister had said.  

However, in a rejoinder, Nkedianye has said that, “It iabsurd for someone at the position of a county minister to utter such claims in public without substantiating.” 

Nkedianye further said the utterances amount to petty politicking that he had always avoided to give the current leadership ample time to deliver on their mandate. “In fact, I am so surprised that they have resorted to picking nonexistent wars when we are trying to create a conducive environment for them to work.” 

The former county boss revealed that he has always heard politicians levying accusations against him, but he never pays attention to them, “lest I find myself spending all my precious time responding to baseless allegations.” 

The exchanges happen at a time when the local political scene is perceivably beginning to shape up, with key political players holding overnight meetings to deliberate on their political moves. 

It also happens against a backdrop of widespread speculation that the former county boss is keen on forming a formidable political grouping to challenge the incumbent in the next general election. 

On Jamhuri DayNkedianye attended a cultural ceremony of the Ilkimayiana age-set at Ilngarooj in EwuasoKajiado West, in the company of area MP George Sunkuyia, retired NTSA director general Francis Meja and a score of Ward representatives. 

Political pundits believe that Nkedianye will most likely pick Meja as his running mate, a move that is expected to endear him to the vote-rich sub-county. 

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