Ogiek’s ODM MP Nomination Inclusion Excites Elders

Eric Simatwa, an Ogiek youth popularizing Azimio La Umoja One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga bid among the youth in Kitale town before the close of the campaign period. Photo/Courtesy

​ ​ Sabaot elders in the Mt. Elgon region have welcomed a move by the Orange Democratic Movement party (ODM) to shortlist one of its sons among those earmarked for nominations as members of Parliament after tye August 9 general elections.

The elders said the shortlisting of Eric Simatwa, 32​​, by the party is a demonstration of the commitment by its party leader Raila Odinga to recognize the relevance of minority communities in leadership positions.

“We congratulate Mr. Odinga for recognizing our son. Simatwa has good oratory skills and astute leadership skills despite his youthful age” said Sabaot elder and former Deputy Mayor Pius Arap Kauka.

Simatwa who had initially expressed interest to vie for the Saboti parliamentary seat was prevailed upon by the ODM top brass to cede ground for the incumbent Caleb Amisi who is seeking a second term.

“I am an ardent believer in the political philosophy of Raila Odinga who has fought for reforms in this country and he is a nationalist who is not driven by tribal politics,” he spoke in a press conference in Kitale.

Regional representation seems to add more hope to the Ogiek community, as the whole western region including Trans Nzoia has no other representative in the ODM Party Nominees list.