Ki­hikas unite to prop Su­san’s Se­nate bid

Eight wid­ows rec­on­cile, they ac­cused her of try­ing to il­le­gally seize the es­tate

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Riftvalley - RITA DAMARY @TheS­tarKenya

Nakuru county assem­bly speaker Su­san Ki­hika’s Se­nate bid re­ceived a boost after her fam­ily vowed to end their feud and sup­port her am­bi­tions.

The five wives of former Nakuru politi­cian Dixon Ki­hika have been at log­ger­heads with Ki­hika, their step­daugh­ter, over their hus­band’s es­tate. How­ever, they said they have rec­on­ciled and blessed Su­san.

The move on Satur­day fol­lowed the speaker’s ap­point­ment to Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s national pres­i­den­tial cam­paign team. She will be in charge of Baringo, Laikipia and Nakuru coun­ties.

Nine MPs and more than 50 MCAs from the county have ral­lied be­hind Ki­hika’s ap­point­ment and promised to sup­port her. In Jan­uary, the wid­ows had quar­reled when seven of them ac­cused Su­san of con­spir­ing to ac­quire her fa­ther’s prop­erty il­le­gally.

On Satur­day, wid­ows Nyam­bura Ki­hika, Alice Ki­hika, Lucy Wan­gari, Jane Wan­jiru, Miriam Wa­rau, Char­ity Nyam­bura, Mar­garet Wam­bui and Win­nie Wan­jeri rec­on­ciled, 12 years after their hus­band’s death.

“We have agreed to sort out dif­fer­ences am­i­ca­bly for the sake of the Ki­hika fam­ily. We don’t want to paint a bad picture to Uhuru after he ap­pointed Su­san,” Mar­garet, 85, said.

She ac­cused in­di­vid­ual politi­cians of fu­el­ing the feud for po­lit­i­cal mileage. The wid­ows, who have 48 chil­dren, apol­o­gised to Su­san and said as moth­ers who be­lieve in Kikuyu tra­di­tions, it would be wrong for them not to bless her when she has been charged with great re­spon­si­bil­ity by the head of state.


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