14 December 2012

Kenya: Teso Elders Issue Fresh Demands in Busia Seat-Sharing Talks

A confrontation looms over three seats in Busia county with Teso South elders making fresh demands. More than 60 elders from the community are demanding for the sharing of three elective posts.

A five-hour meeting at Obekai trading centre resolved that the Luhya community surrenders the governor seat and vie for senator and women's representative.

The meeting, attended by Amagoro MP Sospster Ojaamong, was chaired by former MP and secretary of Busia Council of Elders Pancras Otwani.

"No governor seat no Busia county," Otwani said. "We cannot be marginalised at county level. The Luhyas understand the Teso situation and sharing the seats will be in the interest of peace," Otwani said.

Otwani said they will recommend one person from Teso for governor. The seat has attracted three candidates from the Teso community, Ojaamong, Vincent Sidai and Philemon Imo.

He told the three to agree on who will run for the seat. However, the elders' bid may hit a snag. Ojaamong is running on an ODM ticket, Sidai UDF while Imo will seek the Ford Kenya ticket.

Copyright © 2012 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.