Details have now emerged of how Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago lobbied a section of MCAs in a bid to remove the Assembly Leader of Majority Josphat Lowoi.
It is alleged that the Governor, who has allegedly been angered by the performance of the assembly which has outshined the executive, lobbied MCAs in an attempted coup d’etat against the Assembly leadership who were away in Machakos on an official meeting.
On Tuesday morning, MCAs in support of their majority leader stood their ground against the executive’s attempt to impose new leadership on them.
An emergency kamukunji for the MCAs was called and after the day-long discussions, the assembly members endorsed Lowoi’s stewardship.
The Assembly under Speaker Isaac Terer has been ranked top in the country over the passage of bills which have impacted positively on the county’s development.
Earlier this year, the house refused to approve a proposal by Governor Mandago to purchase Kshs 250 million vehicles.
The Assembly also slashed the Governor’s expenditure which was included in the budget proposals, a move that angered the County boss.
Among other reasons that the Governor is not happy about is a recent survey by a local pollster, Eldo Poll, which ranked the Assembly with 72 per cent approval rating while the executive had a paltry 43 per cent.
The bid to oust Lowoi is seen as an attempt by the Governor to put in an executive-friendly leadership at the Assembly.
However sources claim that the office of the Deputy President was made aware of the attempted coup and an aide in Ruto’s office intervened to have the majority leader stay put.