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Sabaots want share in Jubilee cabinet

12 April 2013, 14:30

The Sabaot community in Trans-Nzoia and Bungoma County is asking for a share in the yet to be constituted Jubilee cabinet.

Speaking to the media in Kitale after a meeting with various professionals, religious leaders and elders from the community, the Chairman of the Sabaot Supreme Council of Elders Reuben Butaki appealed to the Deputy President William Ruto to give at least one slot to a member of his community.

Butaki said they have over the years been sidelined in public appointments and that they did not want to miss out this time.

"The Sabaot since independence have never produced a cabinet minister, despite their always overwhelming support to the parties that have formed the government in the previous subsequent regimes," he said.

Evans Kiprotich of the Elgon Proffesional Association asked Ruto to honour the pledges he made to members of the community during the campaign trail.

He pointed out that Sabaots in Mt Elgon, Endebess and Saboti constituencies voted overwhelmingly for the Jubilee coalition and it would be unfair for them to be snubbed.

"As a community, we have an enough pool of professionals to join the Jubilee government," argued Kiprotich, adding that Mt Elgon was the only constituency in Bungoma County that Uhuru Kenyatta carried the day, and  Endebess in Trans-Nzoia was the only constituency in the county that elected a URP Member of Parliament.

Rev. Kimutai Chesosi of the Anglican Church opined that as a marginalised community, the Sabaots are entitled to plum government appointments in the spirit of the new constitution.

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