Laikipia County Politics & Government
Raila Odinga demands compensation for Laikipia herders
Low turnout despite ready transport to vote
We’ll amend election laws whether Raila likes it or not, say two Laikipia politicians
Central Kenya leaders meet President Uhuru Kenyatta at Sagana State Lodge
Uhuru warns Laikipia bandits to give in or face ‘serious action’
President Kenyatta cautions politicians against causing chaos
Batuk training here to stay, says diplomat
2018-02-02 06:03:26 British High Commissioner to Kenya Nick Hailey with Laikipia Deputy Governor John Mwaniki at Laikipia County government offices yesterday. Photo/PAUL NDUNG’U Paul Ndung’u @PeopleDailyKe. The British government has assured that its soldiers will continue training in Kenya despite numerous reports that indicate they could have migrated to Iran. High Commissioner Nick Hailey has reaffirmed his government willingness to continue training its soldiers in Laikipia county as it bolsters its relationship with Kenya even more   Read More ...
Sh1 billion Othaya level four hospital to be opened February
2017-12-19 08:08:03 Othaya level IV hospital will be opened in February next year.Area MP Gichuki Mugambi said the Sh1 billion facility will officially be opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta.The facility, which has taken over seven years to be completed, will serve neighbouring counties including Laikipia, Murang'a and Kirinyaga.It has a capacity of 350 beds.After the handing over ceremony, the Health ministry will start now installing machines before staff are hired   Read More ...
County governments pledge to fund revival of old railway line
2017-11-24 16:04:46 County governments in the Mt. Kenya region among them Nyeri, Kiambu, Laikipia, Kirinyaga, Nanyuki and Murang’a have pledged to fund the revival of the old railway line between Nairobi and Nanyuki. The deal which will cost 25 billion shillings is in partnership with Kenya Railways, and is expected to facilitate passenger and cargo train services.   Read More ...
County Stories - Narok North MP reprimand police for killing 300 cows
2017-11-21 16:08:47 Narok North Member of Parliament Moitalel ole Kenta has reprimanded the police for killing 300 heads of cattle in Laikipia County. Kenta is now calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and bring the perpetrators to book terming the action by police as deliberate. For this and other news making headlines from the counties in our county news roundup.   Read More ...
Raila urges government to compensate pastoralists whose livestock were killed
2017-11-04 20:12:10 NASA leader Raila Odinga has joined leaders from the pastoral community in condemning the recent killing of cattle in Laikipia county by police officers this week. Samburu county governor Moses Lenolkulal and his Kajiado counter part Joseph Ole Lenku together with other leaders, now wants the government to compensate herders whose animals were killed.   Read More ...
Raila Odinga demands compensation for Laikipia herders
2017-11-04 20:10:36 Nasa leader Raila Odinga says the government should compensate pastoralists whose cattle were killed during a police operation in Laikipia County on Wednesday. Leaders from samburu county want the government to prosecute police officers who were involved in the incident. NTV's Rose Wangui with the details.   Read More ...
Low turnout despite ready transport to vote
2017-10-27 12:42:42 Low voter turnout was witnessed in various polling stations in Laikipia county, despite massive mobilisation by local leaders during campaigns. A spot check by the Star established only 18 per cent turnout across most polling stations by noon yesterday. Addressing the media after casting his ballot, Deputy Governor John Mwaniki urged those who had remained at home to get out and vote   Read More ...
First batch of ballot papers arrive in Nairobi
2017-10-22 12:08:51 The first batch of ballot papers for the Thursday’s fresh Presidential election arrived in the Country last night amid uncertainty at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. The ballot papers will be dispatched to 10 far flunked Counties among them Tana river, Marsabit , Wajir, Lamu, Garissa, Isiolo, Samburu, Laikipia and the Diaspora. The second batch of ballot papers for 20 counties is expected to arrive in the Country on Monday morning with the last batch expected later on Tuesday   Read More ...
Uhuru campaigns in the rain, Twitter isn’t impressed
2017-10-16 15:15:57 By CHAD KITUNDU President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Sunday pictured braving the rain during a campaign tour in Nyahururu, Laikipia County. The President was pictured on his vehicle’s sunroof waving at a section supporters, oblivious of the heavy rain. Well, Twitterville was not so impressed. Here is what KOT had to say about the President being rained on. If he can direct the same efforts on corruption which is sucking Kenya dry then i would give him my one vote but he is the same guy   Read More ...
We’ll amend election laws whether Raila likes it or not, say two Laikipia politicians
2017-10-09 21:07:17 The proposed amendment to the Elections Law will be passed in the National Assembly whether opposition chief Raila Odinga likes it or not, two Laikipia politicians have said. Laikipia West MP Patrick Mariru and Laikipia Senator John Kinyua on Saturday said NASA leaders are opposed to the amendment because they neither understand the Constitution nor the law. "But we want to tell Raila we will pass the law on Tuesdat whether he like it or not," Mariru said   Read More ...
Political parties charade lock out people living with disability
2017-09-17 08:40:04 Minority groups across the country have been locked out of nomination as political parties reward cronies and family members with the slots. The most affected are people with disability who are visibly missing from a number of county assemblies. In at least 17 counties, including Kwale, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Murang'a, Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kericho, Bungoma, Busia and Kisii, no single person living with disability was nominated   Read More ...
Uhuru meets 5,000 Central leaders for election talks
2017-09-15 13:08:41 than 5,000 leaders from the greater central Kenya region gathered in Sagana, the presidential retreat at the foot of Mount Kenya, for a meeting with Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursdfay. The elected leaders are from the counties of Nyeri, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Meru, Murangâa, Embu and Tharaka Nithi. The meeting of MPs, MCAs and governors follows that of Kisii and Nyamira county leaders at Nakuru State House   Read More ...
Central Kenya leaders meet President Uhuru Kenyatta at Sagana State Lodge
2017-09-15 11:41:13 President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to meet with more than 5,000 leaders from Central Kenya at the Sagana State Lodge, Nyeri County to address issues concerning October 17 repeat elections. The elected leaders, arrived in Sagana Friday morning from the counties of Nyeri, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Meru, Murang’a, Embu and Tharaka Nithi. “The focus for us is going back to the citizens to request that they vote for us again, based on our record and campaign manifesto,” President Uhuru said ahead of the meeting   Read More ...
Controversial Laikipia North MP Lempurkel loses in poll
2017-08-10 18:11:21 Controversial Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel of Orange Democratic Movement has lost to his nemesis, Sarah Lekorere, who clinched the seat on a Jubilee ticket. Lekorere who was a nominated MP in the previous Parliament won after garnering 10,767 votes against Lempurkel’s 7,686 and Maina Munene’s (Independent) 6,048. The duo have on several occasions been involved in a public tussle over protocol issues whenever there is a huge gathering in the constituency predominantly occupied by pastoralists and arable farmers   Read More ...
Independent candidates brave big party machinery to win seats
2017-08-10 04:05:46 At least two governors, and 15 members of Parliament vying as independent candidates have braved awesome big party machinery to win seats. The leaders, most of whom returned to the race after losing in what they termed unfair party primaries, defied the waves created by strong political parties in their respective regions and were last evening headed for victory. Former Laikipia West MP Ndiritu Muriithi, who went independent after losing the Jubilee Party ticket in the Laikipia governorship contest, was ahead of incumbent Joshua Irungu   Read More ...
Irungu, Lempurkel among five Laikipia politicians likely to go home
2017-08-09 10:04:36 Laikpia Governor Joshua Irungu is among several elected leaders likely to lose their seats. Others whose re-election is on shaky grounds are Laikipia North legislator Mathew Lempurkel, Laikipia East MP Mutahi Kimaru and Laikipia West's Wachira Karani. Woman representative Jane Apollos could also be sent home. Votes are still being counted but the numbers so far place Irungu's sole opponent Ndiritu Muriithi four percentage points ahead   Read More ...
Chebukati reports snags in Turkana and Laikipia, says 40% eligible voters turned out by 2pm
2017-08-08 20:04:23 Voting is yet to begin in 11 polling stations in Turkana county due to bad weather, IEBC reported on Tuesday. The commission also confirmed disruption of voting at three polling stations in Laikipia North. But chairman Wafula Chebukati said the process will go on past 5pm in affected areas, even if this means an extension to Wednesday morning. Chebukati further reported that 40 per cent of registered voters had cast their ballots by 2pm according to 25,000 out of the 40,883 KIEMS gadgets   Read More ...
72 Nanyuki prisoners vote but only for president
2017-08-08 10:05:17 Seventy two Nanyuki GK prisoners are among eligible voters participating in the election on Tuesday. But the inmates who are serving short sentences can only choose a president, between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA chief Raila Odinga. David Ndung'u, the facility's returning officer, said voting began at 7.30am. Julius Mwangi, who was released on July 27, also voted. Some Nanyuki residents complained their names were not in registers while others said the KIEMS could not identify them immediately   Read More ...
Laikipia IDPs uncertain about the election
2017-08-07 22:08:31 The iebc is finalizing preparations for the general elections tomorrow.... distributing ballot material to the various polling stations ahead of the election. But for a group of IDPs displaced in the 2007 violence and settled in Laikipia west, every election year brings with it uncertainty. And for many of them whose lives have barely left the ground 10 years on they are unsure whether their votes really count.   Read More ...
Kenya election heats up conflicts over ethnicity, Laikipia land
2017-08-07 17:40:20 Mathew Lempurkel knew two issues would fire up voters in the drought-ravaged region of Laikipia ahead of Kenya's elections: race and land. The Laikipia North MP's promise, caught on tape last month, that "white people will go home" if Kenyans voted for the opposition on August 8 electrified his supporters and showed how national elections are inflaming long-running local disputes. The widespread protests and ethnic violence that followed elections a decade ago are unlikely to recur since the 2010 constitution gave counties more power and money and removed the winner-takes-all tradition of presidential patronage   Read More ...
Candidates accuse Kiunjuri of interfering in Laikipia politics
2017-08-02 15:06:56 Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has stirred discomfort in Laikipia politics with a section of candidates accusing him of interference and openly campaigning for a select group. The minister is accused of openly supporting incumbent Governor Joshua Irungu and using government relief food to entice voters to side with his preferred candidates. Disgruntled candidates led by independent gubernatorial candidate Ndiritu Muriithi and Kanu candidate for the Senate seat Maina Njenga claim the Mr Kiunjuri has been camping in the county for the last two weeks with the aim of enticing voters to elect his preferred candidates   Read More ...
UhuRuto campaigns head to Laikipia, West Pokot and Busia
2017-07-27 10:05:04 Jubilee campaigns are today headed to Laikipia, West Pokot and Busia counties. President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to address residents of Laikipia at Ngenia Secondary school where supporters have started gathering.   Read More ...
Police in Laikipia urged to avoid taking sides in coming poll
2017-07-27 09:05:22 Police officers in Laikipia county have been cautioned against taking any political sides as they undertake their duties before and during the elections. Laikipia county administration police commander Benson Maweu urged the officers to perform their duties with utmost dignity and respect to both kenya citizens and the law.   Read More ...
We’ll pursue Laikipia bandits, rustlers during polls - official
2017-07-25 23:06:35 Security operations in Laikipia and parts of Baringo will not be suspended during the election period, Rift Valley regional coordinator Wanyama Musiambo has said. Residents will be allowed to go out and vote freely on August 8, he said. “We are still going on with the operation and our aim is to ensure full security is restored the affected areas,” Musiambo told the Star yesterday   Read More ...
President Uhuru Kenyatta meets Samburu elders at State House
2017-07-24 23:07:45 So what was the President doing this evening? Well he was meeting Samburu elders at state house asking them to embrace dialogue in resolving disputes with ranchers in Laikipia county.   Read More ...
Muriithi sues IEBC over Sh500,000 fine for using Uhuru potraits in Laikipia race
2017-07-24 20:03:19 Laikipia governor candidate Ndiritu Muriithi is seeking to reverse a decision requiring him to pay a Sh500,000 fine for using President Uhuru Kenyatta's portraits. In a petition before the High Court, he says the IEBC's move to condemn him for associating himself with Uhuru is unreasonable. Muriithi, an independent candidate, says Articles 33 and 36 of the Constitution guarantees him the freedom of expression and association   Read More ...
Lempurkel says whites will be forced out of Laikipia if Raila wins poll
2017-07-21 11:06:04 Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel claims all whites will be driven out of Kenya should NASA flag bearer Raila win the August 8 general election. In remarks that have been seen as incitement, the Laikipia North MP said they will ensure all foreigners leave and that their land is seized. In June, Raila was accused of inciting violence by insinuating that big ranches in Laikipia are owned by foreigners who do not live in them   Read More ...
NASA Samburu, Bungoma campaigns
2017-07-19 20:07:56 NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has promised that all elderly people above 65 years will get a monthly stipend of 3,500 shilings every month if NASA forms the next government. Raila spoke in Laikipia county where he led the NASA Campaigns. His co-principals, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula, traversed Bungoma County to popularize the opposition outfit. The leaders faulted the Jubilee administration saying it had given false promises to residents in the regions they visited.   Read More ...
Uhuru warns Laikipia bandits to give in or face ‘serious action’
2017-07-16 21:05:46 President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday warned of “serious action” against bandits roaming the North Rift – telling them “you better surrender.” He spoke during the burial of former Senator Kariuki in Lumuruti, Laikipia county. GG breathed his last on June 30, aged 79. Uhuru said lawlessness must end immediately. “You better stop. If not, you will have yourselves to blame. Very soon you will regret it,” he warned, two days after heavily armed bandits shot dead six police officers and injured others in the county   Read More ...
President Kenyatta cautions politicians against causing chaos
2017-07-15 16:02:44 President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned those politicians hell-bent in causing chaos that they will face full wrath of the law. The Head of State read the riot act in Laikipia County where he joined hundreds of mourners to bid farewell to the late Laikipia Senator GG Kariuki. The 77 year old politician died a fortnight ago after a long illness.   Read More ...
Live in peace to honour GG Kariuki, says President Uhuru
2017-07-15 00:03:19 President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned Laikipia leaders instigating violence ahead of August elections that they would be met with the full force of the law, and promised the restive county a peaceful poll. “Those thinking that they will incite violence, community against community, that they will cause trouble — let me tell them, they are dreaming,” the President told mourners at the funeral of Dr Godfrey Gitahi “GG” Kariuki, the Laikipia Senator who died two weeks ago   Read More ...
President Kenyatta leads the nation in eulogizing G.G. Kariuki
2017-07-14 21:07:47 Former Laikipia Senator G.G. Kariuki who died two weeks ago was Friday laid to rest at his Rumuruti home, in Laikipia County. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto who led a host of leaders in attending the ceremony, eulogized the late Kariuki as honest man whose love for the country was above everything else. The death of the former Cabinet Minister during retired President Daniel Moi's regime preceded that of another Moi era strongman Nicholas Biwott as well as immediate past Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and former Foreign Affairs PS Bethwel Kiplagat who passed on Friday.   Read More ...
President Kenyatta warns politicians against fanning violence
2017-07-14 21:07:30 President Kenyatta has Friday issued a stern warning to politicians against inciting Kenyans to violence ahead of the August 8th elections. While citing the insecurity situation in Laikipia County where 6 police officers were killed and 4 civilians injured during an ambush by armed bandits the president said every kenyan has a right to live in any part of the country and warned of a major security operation in the area in next few days. The President spoke during the burial of Laikipia Senator the late G.G. Kariuki who was lauded for his efforts in restoring peace in the volatile area   Read More ...
Former senator GG Kariuki laid to rest in Laikipia home
2017-07-14 21:07:23 The Nation will be secure. This was the message from President Uhuru Kenyatta as he led other leaders and the people of Laikipia in paying their last respects to one of the longest serving members of Parliament, Senator GG Kariuki. Brygettes Ngana with that report from Laikipia County.   Read More ...
President Kenyatta leads the nation in eulogizing G.G. Kariuki
2017-07-14 20:40:40 Former Laikipia Senator G.G. Kariuki who died two weeks ago was Friday laid to rest at his Rumuruti home, in Laikipia County. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto who led a host of leaders in attending the ceremony, eulogized the late Kariuki as honest man whose love for the country was above everything else. The death of the former Cabinet Minister during retired President Daniel Moi’s regime preceded that of another Moi era strongman Nicholas Biwott as well as immediate past Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and former Foreign Affairs PS Bethwel Kiplagat who passed on Friday   Read More ...
President Kenyatta warns politicians against fanning violence
2017-07-14 20:07:04 President Kenyatta has Friday issued a stern warning to politicians against inciting Kenyans to violence ahead of the August 8th elections. While citing the insecurity situation in Laikipia County where 6 police officers were killed and 4 civilians injured during an ambush by armed bandits the president said every kenyan has a right to live in any part of the country and warned of a major security operation in the area in next few days   Read More ...
Uhuru warns leaders against incitement
2017-07-14 18:41:51 PSCU President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned leaders in Laikipia county who may be planning to foment violence ahead of the August 8 election that they would be met with the full force of the law. “Those thinking that they will incite violence, community against community, that they will cause trouble – let me tell them, they are dreaming,” the President told mourners at the funeral of veteran politician Godfrey Gitahi Kariuki, the Laikipia Senator who died two weeks ago, who was commonly known as GG Kariuki   Read More ...
Poll violence will be met with necessary force, Uhuru warns
2017-07-14 18:12:08 President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned politicians fomenting violence ahead of next month’s General Election to desist or prepare to face the full force of the law, saying his government will not tolerate impunity. President Kenyatta who spoke at the funeral of Laikipia Senator G.G Kariuki on Friday, said the country cannot afford to have chaos before, during and after the elections and has ordered security forces not to spare anyone   Read More ...
GG Kariuki funeral: Uhuru issues stern warning against Laikipia violence
2017-07-14 16:07:04 President Uhuru Kenyatta sternly warned against violence while paying tribute to the late Senator GG Kariuki in Rumuruti on Friday. Kariuki died at Nairobi Hospital on Thursday night. Sources at the facility said the 78-year-old veteran politician suffered septic shock and did not give more details. Uhuru warned against the violence in Laikipia that has left private ranches destroyed and several people dead or injured   Read More ...
Poll violence with be met with necessary force, Uhuru warns
2017-07-14 15:42:38 President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned politicians fomenting violence ahead of next month’s General Election to desist or prepare to face the full force of the law, saying his government will not tolerate impunity. President Kenyatta who spoke at the funeral of Laikipia Senator G.G Kariuki on Friday, said the country cannot afford to have chaos before, during and after the elections and has ordered security forces not to spare anyone   Read More ...