Governor Rethinks Severing UK Ties Over ICC To Woo Investors

Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu has left for the United Kingdom for an official ten-day visit.

Laikipia County Governor Joshua Irungu.

Laikipia County Governor Joshua Irungu.

The departure comes a week after the governor controversially said his county would cut links with the United Kingdom and United States of America for failing to support the deferral of cases facing President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC.

Before leaving on Monday evening the governor said he had gone to seek investors to come to Laikipia County to create employment for the youth.

“I am travelling to the UK tonight to look for people who can invest in our county so that our youth can get employment opportunities,” Mr Irungu told youths at Grogan Road when he flagged off graders to work on county roads.

For the past week the governor has been under severe criticism for stating that the county would cut links with the UK and the US which was seen as an affront to investors from the two countries.

The governor later apologised to the British High Commissioner, British citizens in the county and the British army training unit in Kenya for his remarks contained in a press statement and repeated during an address to a TNA meeting at Sportsman Arms Hotel.

But his rivals have been having a field day threatening to oust him from office.

A group led by Mr Mburu Kamau started collecting signatures to force Mr Irungu out.

Mr Kamau lost in the TNA nominations in the run-up to the March 4 elctions.

The group said the governor’s statement was hostile to investors who provided employment to hundreds of local youths and could retard development.

But the governor dismissed the move to force him out terming it ‘mere politics by election losers’ and vowed that they will not derail his development work.

“I’ll not engage in politics as some people want me to. I was elected to work for the people of Laikipia and that’s what I am doing,” the county chief said.

Members of the County Assembly present led by Mr Peter Thomi and Francis Mukuria said the petition by Mr Kamau would not go through the assembly.

They launched another drive to collect more signatures to express confidence in the governor.

– Daily Nation