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URP election agents yet to receive their pay

06 May 2013, 19:04 Arap Yego

Over 200 people who served as agents of the Deputy President William Ruto's United Republican Party ( URP) during the March 4th Polls in Mt Elgon Constituency have threatened to move to court if the party does not pay their dues in two weeks time.

Through their spokesman Samson Kondol, the agents who served in the 122 polling stations in the constituency claim the party has paid its agents in other parts of the county but left out those from Mt Elgon.

Kondol appealed to the Deputy President William Ruto who was the leader of the party, to intervene on their behalf since the officials at the party headquarters are not concerned with their plight.

"The agents did their work very well during the general election. We wonder why we have not received our dues two months down the line. We appeal to Hon. William Ruto to ensure that his party pays us," said Kondol, adding that court will be their last resort.

The party owes each of the agents a total of KES 3 000.

Esther Wekesa, another agent who spoke to the media, said they have been eagerly waiting for their dues after the general elections but in vain.

When reached for comment, William Chemosit who served as the Mt Elgon Constituency URP chief agent acknowledged receipt of the complaints from the agents, but said his hands are tied.

"The party has not even paid me for the services I rendered as the chief agent during the exercise. The party was to remit payments directly to its agents, so I cannot tell who has been paid or not," said Chemosit.

He noted that he has raised the matter with party officials who have not yet responded.

"After the swearing in, I have been totally unable to reach the secretariat. It is like they closed shop. I am even under fire from some agents who think I received what they were entitled to," he said.

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