The Star (Nairobi)

15 February 2013

Kenya: Minority Groups Want Share of Kisumu Seats

MEMBERS of minority groups in Kisumu have called for a power sharing agreement for all political seats.

Speaking through representatives in Kisumu town yesterday, they said the city is a cosmopolitan area and no group should miss out in leadership arrangement.

They said the Kisumu county government should reflect the face of all communities that reside in the town.

The Luhya community was represented by Chairman Arunga Sino, vice chair George Muyiera and coordinator Ben Ombima, while Sam Nyamboga and Imam Said Omar represented the Gusii and Muslim communities respectively.

They said they will campaign for Prime Minister Raila Odinga-led Coalition for Reforms and Democracy.

"Cognizant of the new constitution that calls for fairness and based on the fact that Kisumu is a cosmopolitan town, there is need for equity in job distribution," Arunga said.

Muyiera said they will rally their communities behind Raila. "We believe the PM has what it takes to be president and we will do all we can to ensure he goes to State House," Muyiera said.

Ombima said members of his community will support for Raila and called for the reservation of Kisumu Central Parliamentary seat for minority groups.

"This deal should be embraced so that there is mutual relationship among residents," Nyamboga said.Omar took issue with sentiments by leaders that outsiders should not be voted for and asked for equal treatment of all Kenyans.

He said they will push for the election of Abdulqadir Omar as the Kisumu Central MP on a Ford-Kenya ticket.

"We are in Cord and our role must be respected within the alliance. It is prudent for voices of smaller groups to be listened to because we can equally mobilise our brothers in other parts of the country to vote for Cord," Omar said.

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