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Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 19:43 EAT
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and Teso South MP Mary Emaase, who have been at loggerheads with each other since the 2013 general elections, have finally agreed to work together. The governor and the MP buried the hatchet during the burial of Demeteria Moitit Enaga, 88, at Machakusi village in Teso South sub county on Saturday.
Mr Ojaamong said he will work well with Hon Emaase and Teso North MP Arthur Odera despite his divergent opinion for the benefit of the people of the two sub counties and Busia county as a whole. "We need mature politics with specific agendas and not those of which-hunt," he said, and expressed confidence of retaining his seat in the 2017 gubernatorial contest.
Hon Emaase said the governor had done a lot of work for the region in various wards and deserved re-election. "I am satisfied with what the county leadership and the MCAs have done. I will work with Ojaamong's administration to realize the needs of my constituents," she said.
The reconciliation between the two leaders earned the praise of Amukura Catholic Parish priest Dunstan Epalat, whor said he was happy the leaders pledged to work together. "I will be disappointed if such leaders try to outdo each other at the expense of service delivery.
"Your philosophy in discharging your duties will make a big difference. Do we enjoy and appreciate our work? We shall benefit if we emulate the late Moitit who sacrificed her life in educating her children even if she had no formal education," he said.
Amukura West MCA Abiud Ochialang'ole said Mr Ojaamong had done "tremendous development" and had supported projects in the wards. He urged the electorates to reciprocate the "kind gesture."
Emaase described the late Moitit as a God-fearing, principled woman and a mother who ensured her children went to school.
The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press