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.

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - JULIUS OTIENO @juliu­so­tieno04

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

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