"I am no tribalist" says Endebess MP Dr Robert Pukose
04 August 2014, 21:17
Endebess - The local MP Dr Robert Pukose has denied allegations that his leadership has systematically discriminated a section of his constituents based on their tribe and ethnic group, and asked unnamed leaders to stop inciting communities in his constituency.
Over the weekend residents of Khalwange Village in the Constituency staged peaceful demonstrations, claiming that the MP openly favours members from his native Sabaot community.
The demonstrators who carried twigs and placards claimed that the legislator’s community, are the major beneficiaries of all the resources availed to the constituency.
Among the areas they cited discrimination is in the area Constituency Development Fund(CDF), Uwezo Fund and the elderly cash transfer program, where they said 90 per cent of the committee members and beneficiaries are from the MP’s Sabaot community.
Speaking journalists in Kitale on Sunday Dr Pukose rubbished the claims and said his leadership and all programmes carried out by his office are all inclusive.
He claimed that a group of politician’s stage managed the demonstration, and appealed to the sub-county residents not to accept to be used and incited by politicians for their own selfish interests.
“ Of the 465 people who benefited from the state cash programme for the elderly in Endebess 307 are Kalenjin , 118 are from the Luhyia community, 14 Kikuyu and 25 from the Turkana Community, where is discrimination in that? posed the lawmaker.
Concerning CDF bursary funds, he said it is only those who apply for the funds from the kitty that benefit from it and not any one else.
“It is absurd when people point out that bursaries are only given to students from one community and only schools in areas inhabited by one community are the ones funded by the kitty. There’s always a procedure in releasing CDF funds for projects and bursary, let them show prove that they applied and were denied,” added the MP.
He accused the demonstrators of not being sincere and asked them to find out from the nearby constituencies how many minorities are being treated in terms of opportunities and representation.
“I can confidently say that it is only in Endebess where I have tried as much as possible to include and involve minorities in all the programmes we carry out. These protesters should probe how minorities in Saboti , Kwanza and Kiminini Constituencies which are cosmopolitan too, are treated,” said Dr Pukose