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Debate did not address power sharing

27 February 2013, 17:52 Mwangi Karanja

The debate organized by the business community and the media at the Kitale national museum over the weekend to scrutinize manifestos of the gubernatorial  race aspirants failed to tackle the subject of power sharing in the cosmopolitan county.

Speaking to the public, leaders from the Sabaot community lamented that every aspirant dodged the issue which has for long time caused instability in the county.

Through their spokesman Lawrence Mokusu, they argued that power of numbers will guarantee the biggest communities all elective posts locking out other small communities from the management of the County.

“We want equal representation in the county government so as to avoid making other communities feel neglected,” he said

He added that the Sabaot community has never elected their own into parliament since independence, despite Trans Nzoia County being their ancestral land.

Share elective seats to avoid tribal animosity

Last year, both Luyha and the Sabaot had signed an agreement to share elective seats in the county so as to eliminate the animosity between the two communities.

However, some aspirants failed to honor the agreement after realizing that they had support from their communities due to their huge numbers.

The three hours debate was attended by three aspirants who only addressed the issue development, education and health care and left out the sensitive and crucial issue of power sharing which continues to elicit more reaction from the electorate.

Wildlife minister Noah Wekesa (ODM), Maurice Kakai Bisau (FK) and Kitale business man Joel Gesuka (TNA) were in attendance, while Bishop Godfrey Shiundu (Wiper) and former permanent secretary Patrick Khaemba (NFK) failed to show up.

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