The recent visit to Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology by Education cabinet secretary George Magoha has been turned into local politics. Prof Magoha who made an impromptu tour to inspect the institution accompanied by his counterpart in the ministry of Water and Sanitation Sicily Kariuki said that the institution has met the standards set by the ministry, and soon it will be upgraded to national status. It is Kariuki’s presence that has enlisted politics. They say she used the function to be seen as pushing for the upgrade of the college but not Governor Francis Kimemia.
The CS is said to be eyeing the governor’s seat in 2022. The visit was not part of the Magoha programme but Kariuki used it for her own reasons. He noted that the ministry will walk with the institution to ensure that faculties are upgraded to improve their state. Magoha noted that the government is committed to upgrading technical institutions across the country to enable youths to acquire requisite skills needed to earn a living and the country’s development. On her part, Kariuki said her ministry was also set to sink and equip a borehole at the learning institutions to boost its water supply and properly service the entire population. Also present was the Ol Jororok MP Michael Muchira.
Kariuki is being accused by the Kimemia camp of using the launch of state-funded projects to lay the ground for the 2022 race. Kimemia defeated then governor Daniel Waithaka in the 2017 race. Since the defeat, Waithaka has gone silent but while in Nairobi he is spotted at the CS office. His then deputy Mwangi Kirika has given up, and will not run in 2022. In 2017, Kirika turned against his boss Waithaka and was instrumental in his defeat. Simon Kanyingi, Moses Ndirangu and Muchina Kanja, a former county secretary during the Waithaka era are also being mentioned.