Cold war plays out as Kivuti, Wambora meet at Embu event

Sen­a­tor and Deputy Gov­er­nor Dorothy Nditi would some­times break into laugh­ter as gov­er­nor looked straight ahead and some­times buried him­self in phone con­ver­sa­tions

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern - REUBEN GITHINJI @TheS­tarKenya

There was ten­sion in the air when sworn foes Embu Gov­er­nor Martin Wambora and Sen­a­tor Lenny Kivuti met at the Univer­sity of Embu on Satur­day.

The two sat side-by-side dur­ing the installation of Prof Paul Musili as the chan­cel­lor of the new in­sti­tu­tion. The two did not ut­ter a word to each other, de­spite sit­ting to­gether for hours. Kivuti will run for gov­er­nor.

Wambora at times looked in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, some­times buried him­self in what ap­peared to be mo­bile phone con­ver­sa­tions and other times just looked straight ahead.

Kivuti con­versed with Deputy Gov­er­nor Dorothy Nditi, who was seated to his left. The two would some­times break into laugh­ter while Wambora just looked straight ahead.

Con­sul­tant Kithinji Ki­ragu sat in the sec­ond row and re­mained quiet. He will bat­tle it out for the Jubilee Party ticket with Kivuti and Wambora.

The three have not met for months. They have held ral­lies sep­a­rately, crit­i­cis­ing ea­chother.

The other as­pi­rant – Run­yen­jes MP Ce­cily Mbarire – did not at­tend the event.

Musili was a com­mis­sioner with the Kenya Law Re­form Com­mis­sion be­tween 2000 and 2005. Musili has served as a mem­ber of the task force on per­for­mance con­tract­ing.

Dur­ing his speech, Wambora promised to give the chan­cel­lor a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment to run the univer­sity and part­ner in de­vel­op­ment projects.

Kivuti also said he will sup­port the univer­sity.

He praised lead­ers who fought for its es­tab­lish­ment in­clud­ing Mbarire, for­mer Many­atta leg­is­la­tor Emilio Kathuri, Mbeere South MP Mu­tava Musy­imi and Cardinal John Njue.

He called for peaceful cam­paigns for gov­er­nor and other po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions. Embu Univer­sity has for five years been a con­stituent col­lege of the Univer­sity of Nairobi.

/ REUBEN GITHENJI

Embu Gov­er­nor Martin Wambora, Embu Sen­a­tor Lenny Kivuti and con­sul­tant Kithinji Ki­ragu (in sec­ond row with striped tie) in Embu town on Satur­day

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