Taita-Taveta Governor Granton Samboja has promised area residents that his administration would serve all irrespective of party affiliations.
Vowing that he would not engage in party politics, Samboja stressed that it was time for delivery of quality services and implementation of development projects that he pledged during the electioneering period.
I am not concerned about party politics. What concerns me more is to initiate projects geared towards improving living standards of the local community, said Mr Samboja, the Wiper party govrnor.
He noted that there were many pertinent issues affecting the local community like persistent food and water shortages, thorny squatter issue, poverty, unemployment, and poor standards of education that called for immediate action.
The county boss claimed that the ongoing presidential campaigns were divisive in nature and he did not want wananchi in the county to be entangled in the same.
Samboja called on the locals to support whoever they felt would adequately address their interests.
He urged those involved in the campaigns of a candidate of their choice to do it peacefully without trampling on the rights of others.
The governor spoke as concerns had been growing over the manner him as the senior most NASA politician in the region had been handling the presidential repeat election.
Some opposition leaders had claimed that Samboja was gravitating towards the ruling coalition.
According to the opposition leaders, the governor had refused to join in their campaigns let alone engaging himself in the weekly anti-IEBC demos.
The NASA leaders claimed that it was a matter of time before the county administrator jumped ship and joined the Uhuru-led Jubilee.
Speaking at Mwakishimba area in Wundanyi constituency Tuesday, Samboja rebuked some politicians in the region for spreading rumours that he had already decamped to the Jubilee party.
My silence in party politics or in NASA presidential campaign trail should not be misconstrued to mean that I have abandoned the opposition.
Right now I am busy striving to transform the lives of the local community who elected me in the just concluded August 8 general election, the governor declared.
Time for politics is over and this is the time to serve local residents who are living below the poverty line, stated Samboja.
The governor had been a close ally to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto in the run up to the August 8 general election before he decamped to the opposition after Jubilee Party gubernatorial loser Dan Mwazo was awarded direct nomination.
I am shocked that some NASA politicians have been going round the county vilifying me yet I have not spoken any word. My colleagues in the opposition have been criticising me in their political rallies. he said while telling off his critics.
Samboja at the same time warned his political rivals against using his name to convene political rallies in the region.
The governor was accompanied by among others his wife Stella, county assembly speaker Meshack Maghanga, county assembly majority leader Jason Tuja and former Wundanyi MP Mwandawiro Mganga who has since defected to the ruling coalition.
Mganga who is also the Social Democratic Party leader appealed to county residents to make an informed decision in the forthcoming presidential repeat election.
I am among those who were detained for fighting democracy and multi-partism in the country and whatever we were fighting for has been achieved through the Jubilee under president Kenyatta. said the former Wundanyi legislator and loser in the just concluded August 8 general election.
Speaker Maghanga urged the local community and leaders to put aside their political differences for the sake of development.
Source: Kenya News Agency