Serut - Minorities group in mt elgon should feel at home
24 April 2014, 22:03
Nairobi - Mt Elgon MP John Serut has asked members of minority communities in his region, to be confident of their issues and plights afflicting being addressed by their constituency leadership, and appealed to leaders from outside the constituency not to fan ethnic strive by purporting to speak on behalf the residents from the groups that fall in his jurisdiction.
Speaking on Tuesday in Kaptola village at a funeral service, Serut said as the Mt Elgon area legislator, he will not just sit and watch as the rights of minority groups who reside in the constituency like the Bukusu and Teso are trampled upon.
“I received an overwhelming support in the last polls from members of the Bukusu and Teso communities. As the representative of the constituency in the national assembly, I will ensure that I serve all the members of the public, be they from the majority Sabaot community, Bukusu or Teso without discrimination based on their ethnic group,”said Serut.
The legislator pointed out the composition of his Constituency Development Funds (CDF) committee and the disbursement of funds from the kitty, as a show of his commitment to ensure all communities feel part and parcel of the constituency.
“My CDF committee has multi-ethnic representatives from Mt Elgon. We have launched development projects funded by the kitty in all wards and even in areas inhabited by none Sabaots. The CDF bursary has also been disbursed to all students irrespective of their communities,”said Serut.
“I therefore get surprised when my colleagues, from nearby constituencies claim that members of their community residing in Mt Elgon are marginalized. Such irresponsible remarks are only aimed at triggering ethnic tension in the constituency that has relatively been peaceful, and I ask my constituents to disregard them,” said the lawmaker.
Serut at the same time appealed to the Bungoma County Government to ensure regional and rights of minorities groups are upheld, especially when it comes to employment opportunities in the region.
He noted that the county government has so far tried in ensuring that the face of the county is reflected in all appointments, but added that more affirmative action need to be done.
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