Bukusu elders want President to intervene and save Wetang’ula
28 October 2015, 09:49
Bungoma - Bukusu community elders have petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and stop Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from striking out Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula’s name from the voters register.
Addressing the press in a Bungoma hotel, the Bukusu Council of Elders led by its Chairman Richard Walukano and Secretary George Simwenyi said that the planned removal of Ford Kenya party leader was raising political temperatures in the County and causing tension.
Walukano said that Wetang’ula is the only senior politician and the recent gazetting of his name by the Senate speaker Ekwe Ethuro for subsequent removal by IEBC over voter bribery findings by the Supreme Court is raising fears among residents of Bungoma County.
“As the elders, we are disturbed following senate speaker’s gazette notice which is to pave way for the IEBC to remove Bungoma County Senator Moses Wetangula’s name from the voter register that will stop him from for vying for any electoral position in future, this is to undermine us as a community and we want the president to come in and stop it,” said Walukano.
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He said that Wetang’ula was cleared of electoral offences by the court and the investigative machinery which ordered for a by election in December 2013 which he won.
“Our son is a clean man; if there was any omission, the court should have gone through all the legal processes before subjecting the community to a by election. They should not now turn around and start intimidating him because of being vocal on government ills,” he said.
The Council Secretary, Samwenyi said that if the decision to remove Wetangula’s name is carried to its logical conclusion, it’s likely to disturb peace and loyalty of the Bukusu community and leadership of the country.
“After two years, it’s now emerging as an afterthought whose implications are questionable. We therefore feel that as the Bukusu community the government is planning to humiliate us by subjecting our son to unnecessary suffering by keeping him in the political coldness,” said Samwenyi.
They said peace and tranquility among communities residing in Bungoma County should not be disturbed through striking of Wetangula’s name from the electoral register.
“Although our understanding is that the Senator should continue serving in his capacity up to the next general election and thereafter be barred from seeking any elective post, we as a community demand that the President comes clean on this issue as it may impact negatively on inter community relations in Bungoma County,” said Samwenyi.
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