Trouble is brewing in Kericho county as the new administration gains momentum in running county affairs for the next five years.
This is because the governor Erick Mutai and his deputy Fred Kirui are reportedly on bad terms just weeks after they were sworn into office.
Kirui publicly revealed that he differed with his boss on how to handle matters such as the health sector, providing clean water to residents and roads. On the health sector, the two have failed to reach a consensus on how to handle medical supplies and managing of the county’s health facilities.
He further revealed that they had agreed on a 60-40% power deal before elections, a move that saw him shelve his Kericho gubernatorial ambition to back Mutai’s candidature. The two were elected on a UDA ticket.
Kirui is however complaining of being sidelined by Mutai in the nomination of the County Executive Committee. The names of the nominees were submitted to the county assembly for vetting. He also said that they are yet to discuss and reach an agreement on filling key county positions including the cabinet.
“Such actions and other related moves in the recent past have caused mistrust, discomfort and clearly dented our working relationship. It is unfortunate that this has happened at the beginning of our tenure when we ought to have been fixing the problems faced by our people,” the deputy governor said.
The fallout has seen him ignore official county functions that are presided over by Mutai. He is said to have missed the swearing in of MCAs and election of county speaker. He also did not attend the opening of the county assembly where the governor delivered his first address as well as the naming of CECs.