You shamed us, apol­o­gise for storming var­sity, Mandago told

Kalen­jin el­ders say the ac­tion has por­trayed the com­mu­nity as tribal. They want politi­cians to stop in­ter­fer­ing with the run­ning of na­tional in­sti­tu­tions

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

North Rift Kalen­jin el­ders on Satur­day told Uasin Gishu Gover­nor Jack­son Mandago to apol­o­gise for lead­ing politi­cians to storm Moi Univer­sity.

Two weeks ago, Mandago, El­geyo Marak­wet Gover­nor Alex Tol­gos and some MPs stormed the univer­sity to stop act­ing VC La­ban Ayiro from tak­ing over.

In­stead, they de­manded Isaac Kos­gey be ap­pointed as VC. The group said Kos­gey emerged tops dur­ing re­cruit­ment in­ter­views. Their ac­tion sparked a na­tional de­bate and drew con­dem- na­tion of al­leged tribal sen­ti­ments. Mandago and Tol­gos were sum­moned to record state­ments at the DCI in Nairobi last week. They have de­nied mak­ing tribal state­ments.

The el­ders, led by Charles Che­barit and Es­ther Maiyo, say the lead­ers have por­trayed the com­mu­nity as tribal. Che­barit said the at­tempt to eject Ayiro from of­fice was ill-ad­vised.

“We are not happy with the way our lead­ers, es­pe­cially Gover­nor Mandago, be­haved. The move was un­called-for,” he said.

Che­barit and Maiyo said the ac­tion could af­fect the univer­sity’s im­age. They said the in­sti­tu­tion must re­main in­de­pen­dent.

The el­ders spoke when they met in Kip­ko­r­got. They said El­doret town is cos­mopoli­tan and Mandago was sup­ported by mem­bers all com­mu­ni­ties in 2013. Chabarit told Kenyans to un­der­stand that not all Kalen­jins sup­port Mandago’s ac­tion.

Maiyo said, “Be­hav­ing like a tribal chief is prim­i­tive.” She said such be­hav­iour un­der­mines co­he­sion, peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

The el­ders said they are con­cerned that the gover­nor has been bi­ased in the dis­tri­bu­tion of re­sources within the county.

“We do not have street lights at Kap­ko­r­got mar­ket, un­like other ar­eas. We are per­ceived to be from a dif­fer­ent clan of the Kalen­jin com­mu­nity,” Maiyo said.

/MATHEWS NDANYI

Gover­nor Jack­son Mandago ad­dresses El­doret res­i­dents on Septem­ber 28

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