Uasin Gishu gubernatorial candidate on a UDA ticket Jonathan Bii Chelilim, alias Koti Moja has for the first time opened up about his alleged links to a militia training.
Koti Moja was among three Uasin Gishu politicians that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) a few days ago summoned to record statements over reports they were training a militia at the Chebororwa Agricultural Training College (ATC) in Moiben Sub County.
Others summoned over the claims were Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Cheptiret/Kipchamo Member of County Assembly Gilbert Tenai.
But in an interview with Citizen TV on Monday, June 20, 2022, the UDA candidate said he had no knowledge of the said militia training.
He further noted that he has never been to Chebororwa ATC, the venue of the alleged militia training.
“I was shocked with the DCI summons as I had no idea of such training. I have even never gone to Chebororwa, all I knew is that it is a place where training for agriculture-related issues is done,” said Koti Moja.
The Uasin Gishu gubernatorial candidate on a UDA ticket insists the militia training claims were malicious and lies.
He challenged the DCI to always do thorough investigations on any claims before summoning leaders.
“I was surprised about the claims because they were lies. I think the DCI did not do their homework. It would be better for them to investigate first before issuing summons,” Koti Moja insisted.
The militia training claim had sparked an uproar from political leaders in the county who claimed it was propaganda that was being spread by independent gubernatorial candidate Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop alias Buzeki.
Buzeki has however maintained that a militia training had taken place, sensationally claiming that an illegal oath was also administered to the trained youths.
This is despite governor Mandago presiding over a pass-out parade for 97 inspectorate officers and 32 firefighters that were being trained at the Chebororwa ATC.
“We know Johana Ng’eno went to Chebororwa, and what happened. He (Mandago) should not cheat us that he went there to oversee a pass-out parade of enforcement officers and firefighters. We know what they are doing and we won’t allow it, we are asking the government to be on the alert,” Buzeki said during a tour to Turbo Sub County.
Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno, responding to Buzeki’s illegal oath claim said it was almost impossible for such an event to take place and fail to attract arrest from the government.