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Scramble for resources responsible for Narok conflict

28 January 2015, 16:57 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – A section of Narok County MPs have blamed the ongoing conflict among leaders on their scramble for the County’s vast resources.

The three MPs allied who are in support of Governor Samuel Tunai condemned the violent Monday protests and asked the police to investigate the incidence for known leaders who organized it to face the full force of the law.

The MPs who include Lemanken Aramat (Narok East), Gideon Konchella (Kilgoris) and Soipan Tuya (Narok County MP) called on the two political factions, one led by Governor Tunai and the other by Senator Stephen ole Ntutu, to urgently dialogue for a long-lasting solution.

“It is clear that the conflicts emerging are simply a battle for control of resources. Stagnating Narok County through retrogressive politics is to strangle development and to hinder tourism both in the County and Kenya through Maasai Mara Game Reserve which is one of the greatest tourist destination in the world,” said Konchella.

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He said the ongoing fight between the Governor and Senator who should be working together is hindering the County’s development progress, thus the need to settle their differences for the benefit of Narok residents. 

“Narok County belongs to all of us leaders and the electorate. We would like to appeal to Senator Ntutu, MPs Moitalel Kenta, Korei Lemein and Patrick Ntutu to embrace reason, goodwill and agree to a common ground of resolving the issues,” said Konchella.

Tuya alleged that the anti-Governor legislators are embattled in their own areas of jurisdiction for having not delivered anything to their residents therefore fighting Tunai.

“It is a known fact that these leaders are embattled in their own constituencies, and in fact, even Senator Stephen Ntutu has nothing at all to show for his services to the people since he was elected,” said Tuya.

However, the Narok North MP, Moitalel ole Kenta, who is an anti-governor said the leaders who organized the protests are not to blame for the witnessed violence that left two people dead and eight victims with serious injuries.

“If the Narok Governor does not respond to our petition with the given 21 days, we will fight for the County’s good leadership until the end. The conflict is not about the alleged clan leadership control in the County but accountability in leadership,” said Kenta.

He added that Tunai cannot account for the expenditure of KES 7.3 billion given to the county in the 2013/14 financial year and over KES 8 billion budgeted for by the County, yet no single development project is successfully completed.

The Narok leaders were speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings.

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