Trans Nzoia: MP courts Turkana vote bloc in gubernatorial bid

Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa (center) poses for a photo with elders from the Turkana community in Trans Nzoia after holding a consultative forum on May 16, 2021 at Suwerwa. Photo/Courtesy

Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa has reached out to elders from the Turkana community to seek their support as he sets sights on inheriting Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba come 2022.

Dr. Wamalwa held a consultative meeting with the elders led by the council chairman Jackson Loregai who declared willingness to support his bid after promising to address the community’s socio-economic challenges, if elected.

“Our community has suffered marginalization under the current regime and we want to be part of the next county government. We promise to work hand in hand with you,” Mr. Loregai spoke at the meeting held at Suwerwa ward.

Bishop Philip Echakhan who represented the clergy from the community said they will forge a working relation with leaders who have a proven record of development saying the region has lagged behind economically.

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“We have realised that electing leaders who are not visionary has a great effect on the development agenda. We want to change this trend by electing transformative leaders,” said Bishop Echakhan.

The legislator who was accompanied by Cherang’any parliamentary hopeful Benson Milimo vowed to accommodate the interest of the community, if he is elected the governor.

“I am aware that Trans Nzoia is cosmopolitan hence the interests of every community must be considered by any political establishment. My development agenda targets everybody,” said Dr. Wamalwa.

The two time legislator who has been reaching out to several communities in the region in his vote hunt mission has held similar engagements with elders from the Sabaot, Marakwet and Nandi communities.