Why Nyeri leaders abandoned Speaker John Kaguchia when he needed them most

By KK online News reporter

Deputy President William Ruto and his troops at Kiuu village during the burial ceremony of John Kaguchia father to Nyeri County Assembler Speaker John Kaguchia

Most often we are told that when need arises leaders keep their political differences aside and join hands to support and or console their rivals.

However a section of Nyeri politicians seem to be taking their political differences way too far. When they needed to join hands to console Nyeri County Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia to bid farewell for his departed father Richard Kaguchia Gichohi, they were a no show.

Nyeri County has 6 Constituencies which translates to 6 Members of parliaments plus four additional leaders who are Governor, Deputy Governor, Women Representative and a Senator.

Out of ten leaders only two were present; Mathira lawmaker Rigathi Gachagua and Women Representative Rahab Mukami.

In burial ceremony attended by a mammoth crowd and graced by the second in command Deputy President William Ruto, Governor Mutahi Kahiga, his Deputy Caroline Karugu, area MP Antony Githiaka Kiai and Senator Ephraim Maina were nowhere to be seen.

Others absent were Kanini Kega (Kieni) Mugambi Gichuki (Othaya) Ngunjiri Wambugu (Nyeri Town) and James Gichuhi (Tetu).

Leaders attend burial ceremony of Nyeri County Assembly speaker’s father Richard Kagucha. Out of 10 leaders only two from Nyeri attended.

Although no clear reasons have been cited for the leaders to abandon one of their own at the hour of need, kkonlinenews.co.ke can reveal that the Tanga Tanga versus Kieleweke politics were at play.

All the leaders who did not attend the burial ceremony have something in common, they are all anti Tanga Tanga and they belong to Kieleweke faction that support President Uhuru Kenyatta.

For the area MP, it could be more than Tanga Tanga politics, there has been speculations that Kaguchia  is vying for Mukurweini Parliamentary seat through United Democratic Alliance (UDA) a reason that could have informed Kiai to keep off the burial ceremony.

In fact, Embakasi Central MP Benjamin Gathiru aka Major Donk endorsed Kaguchia while speaker after speaker kept referring him as in incoming MP for Mukurweini a move that could have been uncomfortable with Kiai.

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