Nyahururu town should be expanded and jointly be managed by Nyandarua and Laikipia Counties, Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has said.
Muriithi, who spoke when he hosted a charity golf tournament held at the Nyahururu Sports Club at the weekend, expressed willingness to have the two counties co-manage the town, in a bid to end the squabbles that have existed for decades.
“Nyahururu is politically in Laikipia but I believe most of her heart is in Nyandarua because the then Nyandarua district was for a long time ran from Nyahururu.
“There are buildings here ‘owned’ by Nyandarua and there are big time Nyandarua investors who have invested in Nyahururu.
“As a person I believe we should own it together and make it bigger by allowing it to expand to Suera, Laikipia University and past Mairo Inya, then be co-managed,” said Ndiritu, noting that talks were underway to resolve the boundary dispute.
He said just as Laikipia had done with Nyeri County for Ishuga township that lies on the boundary between the two counties, his administration would facilitate the agreement for Nyahururu town and its environs.
“It doesn’t make sense for people to seek services like fire engine from far and yet they can get the same from nearest point in the neighbouring county,” added the county boss.
The Governor’s Cup golf tournament, that saw Nyandarua’s Gatimu Ward MCA Kieru Wambui record his first victory, was meant to raise funds for setting up a secondary school Ilmotiok village in Laikipia North sub-county, where children are forced to trek for about 15km to reach the nearest secondary school.
Kieru, who started the Nyahururu ownership debate, said his ward would benefit a great deal if Nyahururu be shifted to Nyandarua as it would fall in his ward.
Equity Bank MD, Polycarp Igathe lauded Governor Muriithi for his exemplary development record in Laikipia, which puts him worlds apart with “some other governors who have turned themselves into ATM machines without a pin number.”
Former Nation Media Group CEO Linus Gitahi said residents of Laikipia and Nyandarua should be thinking how to amalgamate the two counties to become one bigger economic unit instead of bickering over one town.