Plan to disband Sabaot supreme council of elders

Mt. Elgon MP Fred Kapondi addresses mourners during the burial of Ben Jipcho at Kisawai in Trans Nzoia County. Photo/Aspect News

Mt. Elgon MP Fred Kapondi and his Endebess counterpart Dr. Robert Pukose wants the Sabaot Supreme council of elders scraped over alleged misrepresentation of the community’s interests for selfish gains.

Mr. Kapondi accused the leadership of the council of going against the wishes of the community by attending political meetings organised by devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Trans Nzoia senator Dr. Micheal Mbito.

“Since I am the seniormost politician in the Sabaot community, anyone who wants the support of our people must consult me and Dr. Pukose. We can’t allow political brokers to speak on our behalf,” he said.

Mr. Pukose said their support for the deputy president is unwavering and whoever thinks that he can hoodwink them in to joining hands with other political formations is misplaced since they will not be swayed.

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“The deputy president has our full support for the 2022 presidential race. Those who think they can manipulate our people by use of the elders will be in for a rude shock since we have made up our minds,” he said.

They also accused senator Mbito of working against the deputy president despite having been elected courtesy of his support in the 2017 general elections that saw him floor former senator Henry Ole Ndiema.

Elders from the Sabaot community dismissed politicians from the community who have been accusing senator Mbito of teaming up with those opposed to  Ruto’s presidential bid.

“The senator has a right like any other Kenyan to associate with anybody and exchange ideas. This doesn’t translate to despising the deputy president,” said Mr. John Kapkong, a member of the Saboti Supreme Council.