A section of the Kalenjin Council of Elders in Uasin Gishu County has cautioned that the ongoing war of words between Governor Jackson Mandago and Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi is likely to cause disharmony among the locals.
The two leaders have been engaging in a bitter exchange of words over the governors’ intention to vie for the Senate seat once his term comes to an end in 2022.
While Sudi wants the governor to shelve his ambitions and campaign for Deputy President William Ruto, Mandago insists it is his democratic right to vie for any seat he wishes, as it is the voters that will ultimately make a final decision.
But as the fight between the two rages on, the elders who are members of the Myoot Council of elders are now accusing Sudi of trying to assume the role of the community’s spokesmanship – which he is not.
Led by Charles Arap Maina and Hosea Arap Tirop, the elders note that nobody should be stopped from vying for any seat, as long as they are eligible.
“Let everybody join the race for any seat and allow voters to pick their preferred candidate. Nobody should tell people who is fit for which seat and who is not. What we are against is name-calling, after all, voters choose who they want,” Arap Maina told the press in Turbo Sub County.
“All those seeking elective positions are our children, if they win then that is the people’s decision who have been given that mandate,” added Arap Tirop.
The elders also condemned heckling incidence against Kesses Member of Parliament Dr. Swarup Mishra that was witnessed during a recent event in Chebolol, in which Deputy President William Ruto was the chief guest.
During the event, politicians allied to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) hit out at Dr. Mishra for siding with the government side during the Jubilee purge that saw DP Ruto allies kicked out of influential positions.
When allowed to speak, a section of youths at the event shouted down the MP.