Kachapin to ‘wipe out Kanu’ in West Pokot

He says the party’s lead­ers are dic­ta­to­rial and it does not rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MARRYANN CHAI @ChaiMar­ryann

West Pokot Gover­nor Si­mon Kachapin has said he will elim­i­nate Kanu from the county at the gen­eral elec­tion.

Speak­ing dur­ing a Ju­bilee Party cam­paign, Kachapin said he ditched Kanu be­cause of dic­ta­tor­ship and frus­tra­tion from party lead­ers.

“The party doesn’t lis­ten to mem­bers’ views. I will drum up sup­port for the Ju­bilee Party and en­sure most, if not all, seats are taken by the new party,” he said.

Kachapin ac­cused Kanu of sidelin­ing other lead­ers, say­ing it has turned into a small tribal party that can­not rep­re­sent com­mu­nity in­ter­ests at the na­tional level.

He re­cently joined the new Ju­bilee Party and said he will mo­bilise the com­mu­nity to sup­port it. Kachapin was the only gover­nor elected on the Kanu ticket.

The county boss urged residents to join JP, say­ing many North Rift lead­ers have joined the party with a na­tional out­look. Kachapin said the Pokot com­mu­nity has never ben­e­fit­ted from Kanu lead­er­ship since In­de­pen­dence.

He ac­cused those im­pos­ing Kanu on residents of be­ing ig­no­rant of the county’s his­tory.

“As a com­mu­nity we shall sup­port the govern­ment of the day since for many decades we have been left out and we shall not ac­cept that again,” Kachapin said.

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