GEORGE KING’ORI: CHAMPION OF INTEGRATION
The people of his native Nyandarua are bitter with him; they feel abandoned and betrayed by his actions. But he has no regrets for his actions. He wanted to prove a point, and to demonstrate his convictions on diversity and inclusiveness.
George King’ori has never worked nor made any investment in his home county of Nyandarua. Yet he owns big, successful companies.
The people of his native Nyandarua are bitter with him; they feel abandoned and betrayed by his actions.
A real estate magnate, farmer and a former civil servant, Kingori has instead invested in Kitengela, Kajiado County, a place he has called home over the years.
But he has no regrets for his actions. He wanted to prove a point, and to demonstrate his convictions on diversity and inclusiveness.
Yet, he almost missed his journey to this global perspective he now holds. As a young man, he was admitted to Kakamega High School for his A-levels. And had it not been for his father, he would have missed out on this opportunity.
“My mother was uneasy about the idea of me going so far away from home. But my father stood his ground and insisted I had to go.”
It was not easy for him at his new school for the first few days. After the fifth day, he realised the folly of his mother’s view and that all the students were normal and friendlier than students in his former schools.
“I made a decision and prayed to get a job outside my home area to spread the gospel of integration and togetherness,” he says.
King’ori argues that diversity should be a uniting factor and Kenyans should be allowed to invest, work and even run for political office from any part of the country.
“I will contest the position of Governor of Kajiado County in 2017 because I believe this is home. I want to bring all the communities living in the county together and show the rest of the country that Kenya is one.”
Way back in 1979 he was appointed to the children’s parliament. And while at Cooperative University, he was elected as a student leader. He is currently the chairman of business community in Kajiado County.
Kingori was gubernatorial candidate Nina’s running mate in the 2013 elections. They contested on a URP ticket and lost to Nkedianye.
But he has gathered enough strength and is ready to go for the county’s top seat on his own. Corruption, nepotism, unplanned projects and misplaced priorities are the vices ailing development in the county.
“Kajiado people have suffered. Seeds of division have been sown. The communities living here are not enjoying the cake equally. This is want to fight when I ascend to power,” he says.
He says issues of insecurity, poor infrastructure, poor health and education has not been fully addressed by the current administration.
I WANT TO BRING ALL THE COMMUNITIES LIVING IN THE COUNTY TOGETHER AND SHOW THE REST OF THE COUNTRY THAT KENYA IS ONE.”
The world and the universe are far more wonderful if there’s not a puppet master. Dave Matthews South African musician