The Star (Nairobi)

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.

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