TRANS NZOIA:Luhya elders from Trans Nzoia and some MPs have outlined strategies that will help the community apply for identity cards in large numbers.
Bukusu chairman Peter Masinde, has said they plan to move from house to house to identify those who have not applied and help them register.
The elders were addressing the media on Saturday in Kiminini after meeting the MP Chris Wamalwa, whom they congratulated for winning the seat.
Masinde said they have requested MPs in the area to have CDF facilitate their transport. "We are happy that Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa has pledged that his CDF kitty will buy motorbikes," he said.
Masinde said almost 40 per cent of population is over 18 years yet do not have IDs and cannot participate in voting exercises. The elders questioned why provincial administration officers are demanding title deeds from the youth as a requirement to get IDs.
In the meantime, the elders said those who will vie for elective seats in future must be endorsed by the elders. Masinde said they are persuading Luhya leaders to join Ford Kenya; one of the oldest and dominant political parties in Western Kenya.
"We want Eugene Wamalwa and Cyrus Jirongo to join Moses Wetangula's Ford Kenya to solidify Western vote" he said. Wamalwa supported the move by elders and promised to work with them to ensure constituents' livelihood is improved.