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Pokot elders endorse Wetang’ula for 2017 presidency

23 September 2014, 10:46 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Pokot elders have supported Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetang’ula's bid for presidency in the 2017 general elections.

Speaking at his Kanduyi home on Sunday when he led the delegation of over a 100 elders, Kapenguria Mp Samuel Moroto said that Wetang’ula has wisdom to lead Kenya in 2017 and endorsed him to run for the highest seat in the land.

“God has already chosen this man (Wetang’ula) to lead this country because of the wisdom and leadership traits he has shown in different ministerial positions ... who are we not to support him?” asked Moroto.

The Legislator called for the Luhya community to unite first and seek for other communities' support if they wish to lead this country in 2017.

“Luhya unity is very paramount for one of the Luhya leaders to ascend to power in the next general election but if you continue to fight each other, it will be difficult; we are ready to support Wetang’ula for President but you have to show us that you are united by cleaning your house first,” said Moroto.

The Ford Kenya party leader called for the support of Pokot community whom he said have shown solidarity since 1992 when he was first nominated into Parliament.

“I want your support as I prepare to run for the 2017 presidential race. I know it is a tough game full of roadblocks but with your support as has clearly been manifested here through your leaders, I won’t forget you once I ascend into power because you will be the biggest beneficiaries,” said Wetang’ula.

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The Senate Minority Leader called on the Pokot community to fully support the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy Okoa Kenya's signature collection for an impending referendum push for more money to be send to counties for development.

He assured the community that once the referendum sails through, it is the counties like Pokot that will be the biggest beneficiaries having been marginalized for so long by the past regimes.

“You will be the biggest beneficiaries if our push for the referendum goes through because you will be allocated 40 percent of the total state budget and if your counties are given the maximum KES 10 to KES 15 billion annually, then development will be realized in your areas of jurisdiction,” noted Wetang’ula.

Present during the meeting were Ferdinand Wanyonyi, nominated Mp Patrick Wangamati, Pokot and Luhya Council of Elders who promised to support Wetang’ula as he prepares to run for the highest seat in 2017.

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