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Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 18:48 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo and former Cabinet Minister Samuel Poghisio have agreed to work together to replace West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin during next year’s elections. Prof. Lonyangapuo would be going for the governor’s seat while Poghisio, the chairman for civil aviation authority, would be going for Senator’s position.
On Sunday, the two demanded for an audit of over Sh15 billion which the national government has allocated to West Pokot County since when devolution was introduced in 2013. They said residents have not received value for their money and accused most of the county officers with corruption.
“Devolution has devolved corruption and most of the funds that have been allocated to counties have been misappropriated,” said Mr Poghisio who is seeking senate seat in 2017. The leaders said Kenyans voted for the new constitution to help improve services in their regions but counties have worsened the situation.
The leaders spoke at Kokotendwa after attending a church service, where they accused leadership of the area governor of failing to prioritize projects according to the needs of the people. “This region is a food basket for the county but farmers are finding it hard to deliver their produce to market due to lack of roads,” said Prof. Lonyangapuo.
He said farmers in the region have incurred losses since the only road that connects the area to the market has been washed away. “Farmers have been forced to use donkeys to deliver their produce to the market and this has led to most of their produce rotting and yet this road is supposed to be managed by the county government,” said Lonyangapuo who is eyeing gubernatorial seat.
The leaders asked residents to vote for Kanu, which they said will help transform the region and ensure that the region gets quality services. They assured the residents that Kanu is not in the opposition since it’s among grand coalition parties of Jubilee.
“Let’s desist from cheap politics by some leaders that Kanu is not supporting the government of the day. We support the government since we are among the coalition parties that form jubilee administration,” said Lonyangapuo.
They also asked those vying for various seats in the region not to engage in abusive politics that may ruin peace in the region. “Let’s sell our ideologies in mature manner that will not destroy peace in our county,” said Mr Poghisio.