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Poverty in Baringo County blamed on politicians’ laxity

01 December 2014, 20:54 Robert Chepkwony

Baringo - Civic leaders from Baringo County have laid blame on politicians’ laxity in bringing the county out of grinding poverty.

This comes as the report of the County Revenue Authority (CRA) showing the county as the poorest county in the country with more than 80 percent of its residents living below poverty line.

The Baringo Human Rights Consortium  and  members of the opposition party, ODM, have rose to urge the county leadership to come to terms with the deplorable condition, people live in and work together to confront the same.

Bishop William Kitilit a member of the rights consortium says he hardly remembers a single time he has attended development meetings where the governor, senator, MPs and women rep together with MCAs jointly graced.

“You attend meetings to find only the Governor and some MCAs accompanied with the county executive in attendance, we ask where is our senator, the women representative and the members of parliament are they having parallel agenda to the county that they don’t attend the ones by the Governor,” said Kitilit.

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He also said that most legislators have disappeared into thin air since the time of their election and they are only seen in their own private affairs but they have not come together in one podium and declare their unity.

“They are only heard the clergy said on the prime news talking in Nairobi forgetting that they don’t represent Nairobi, why should they pretend to address matters national when they have lost in touch with their constituencies let them come home and help the governor in addressing  matters affecting the county,” added Kitilit.

Dan Koech of ODM member Baringo said that allegations has been their second names, referring to allegations that Tiaty MP ,Asman Kamama has been behind insecurity in East Pokot and Sammy Mwaita’s implications that he awarded bursary fund to non- deserving  students.

“Little has been felt has far as the legislators are concern, they have lost priority with the people what   are they doing with the CDF money is not clearly established,” said the ODM representative.

Revisiting the bad blood between some MCAs and the speaker, Koech said that the county legislators should let the speaker discharge his duties for he is not yet declared he is guilty with the charges is facing.

“Let the law take its own course and I believe justice will be dispensed after all but before then the speaker should be allowed to assume his duties” added Koech.

They urged the senator to put more efforts with the county affairs because little has been heard from him for the past months “our senator should be working together with the governor to boost the development in the county”.

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