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Monday, 17 Oct 2016 17:27 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
An MP and his predecessor engaged in a war of words in a face-off that degenerated into a heated exchange in Elgeyo Marakwet County. Mr William Kisang, the serving legislator for Marakwet West, endured a lecture from his predecessor Boaz Kaino at Chebara Dam during an annual conservation run on Saturday as Governor Alex Tolgos and hundreds of locals watched in disbelief.
In his first salvo, Kaino accused Kisang of indolence in championing for the interests of Marakwet West residents. "I am not saying Kisang has done nothing since 2013, but he's spent his energy on non-strategic projects for the constituency. He has failed to implement transformative projects I had started. When I lost to the MP in 2013, I gave him wise counsel but from the look of things his leadership has been a reign of disaster for our people,” said Kaino.
The former legislator then went to chronicale what he said were the MP's failures. Among these were not following up on funding for two link roads in the constituency whose construction would greatly improve security in the area. The former MP claimed that the government had approved funding for the two roads in 2012 under his watch, but his successor had failed to follow up on the projects with the cabinet secretary for the Treasury Henry Rotich who hails from the county.
The former MP, who said he was rescinding his earlier decision announced in 2013 to retire from active politics, asserted that he would contest the seat in 2017 because of his successor's failures. He said Mr Kisang had also failed to ensure the building of a malaria institute that he had initiated. “I told you to push for the implementation of a Malaria institute in Arror. That project was gazetted when I was MP, but you ignored it,” he said.
As Mr Kaino directed salvos at the MP, Mr Kisang sat pensively, at times agitated. But the former lawmaker, egged on by his supporters in the audience, raised more issues that finally moved the MP the to action. He said Mr Kisang had watched by as the Uasin Gishu county government took over the 3,000-acre Chebororwa Agricultural Training Centre at the border between the county and Elgeyo Marakwet.
At this time the MP was forced to rise up, accusing Mr Kaino of misleading locals. “You claim I did not establish gazetted malaria institute in Kerio Valley. If it true the institute was gazetted, show us the gazette notice.” Mr Kaino shot up: “I have the gazette notice in my car right here," and went for the document. Flashing the gazette notice from his hands, Mr Kaino returned to find the MP trying to repudiate some of the claims he had made.
He showed the MP the said gazette notice, which Mr Kisang dismissed a mere 'notice of intention to build a malaria institute'. By this time, a section of the audience was already sold to Mr Kaino. The MP's differention between a gazette notice and a notice of intention was no music to ears of those who thought Mr Kaino had scored.