The Star (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Kenya: Ugandan Mayor Urges Teso to Vote Wisely

A Ugandan mayor has advised the Teso community to vote wisely for the next President of Kenya. Malaba-Uganda mayor George Alfred Obore told the community to place their vote where the result of success is almost certain.

Speaking at the formal launch of Newcastle Restaurant in Malaba-Kenya at the weekend, the mayor warned politicians against marginalising the Teso community.

"The Teso community has a larger grouping in East Africa with 11 districts and a population of more than 30 million. It is unfortunate that even with such numerical advantage the community continues to be marginalised with imaginary borders proving a bottleneck," he said.

Obore praised Teso South parliamentary aspirant Mary Emase for the investment which, he said, will provide jobs for the unemployed youth whose main source of income is the boda boda sector. Governor aspirant Vincent Sidai, who was the chief guest, called on investors to venture into the Malaba border.

"With the construction of One Border Stop Post, businessmen should set up various businesses to capitalise on the OBSP to make Malaba a regional hub," he said.

Teso North parliamentary aspirant Julius Ekwenye said there is need for more efforts to develop the town. His opponent Arthur Odera praised Emase for the investment and challenged other women to follow suit. Emase said she sacrificed her meagre resources to put up the facility in order to create jobs for more youth.

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