A section of Kalenjin council of elders from Uasin Gishu County has expressed disappointment over the recent spate of “inciteful” politics which they claim is likely to cause disharmony and violence.
According to Charles Arap Maina and Hosea Arap Tirop who spoke at a press briefing in Turbo, the elders condemned Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi for assuming the role of the community’s spokesmanship, terming his utterances as undemocratic and which do not reflect the wishes of the community.
“Even if you are rich, the ultimate decision lies with Kenyans. You have to approach the people. The power to choose the kind of leadership we want lies with us so leaders cannot impose decisions on us,” elder Maina said.
Elders condemn politics of violence
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago recently fired back at MP Sudi who criticized him for hinting that he would contest for the county’s senatorial seat come 2022.
Sudi castigated him, saying he should be drumming up support for DP Ruto instead of going for a lesser seat.
The Kalenjin elders also condemned the heckling of some leaders by the youth as witnessed recently in Cheboolol, Kesses sub-County, during a church fundraiser led by Deputy President William Ruto.
The elders said that every aspirant has a right to campaign freely and asked leaders to allow residents to choose their preferred candidates without coercion.
During the fundraiser, Deputy President William Ruto made it clear that nobody including the current North Rift leadership should attempt to impose leaders on Kenyans.