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Ki­pla­gat urges all elected lead­ers in Baringo to unite and take county to greater heights

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - COUNTY NEWS - BY FLORAH KOECH [email protected]

Baringo County Assem­bly Speaker David Ki­pla­gat de­clares fight on in­se­cu­rity as top pri­or­ity.

On tak­ing the oath of of­fice, Baringo County Assem­bly Speaker David Ki­pla­gat cited se­cu­rity as be­ing at the top of his agenda.

He promised to im­prove se­cu­rity in the county.

In­se­cu­rity has plagued the re­gion for decades and im­pacted neg­a­tively on devel­op­ment.

“On se­cu­rity, we will en­deav­our to come up with poli­cies and pro­grammes that will help us elim­i­nate cat­tle rustling, which has claimed many in­no­cent lives and the prop­erty of our peo­ple,” said Mr Ki­pla­gat, who has been a prac­tis­ing lawyer for more than 20 years.

“The peren­nial in­se­cu­rity men­ace must come to an end. My wish is to unite all the ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties in this county in a bid to end ram­pant cat­tle rustling and ban­ditry at­tacks. This is a new dawn for the peo­ple of Baringo. I urge all elected lead­ers to unite in tak­ing our county to greater heights,” he added.

In his in­au­gu­ral speech, Mr Ki­pla­gat promised to make sure the assem­bly be­comes the best in the coun­try and em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of co­he­sion among MCAS.

“My prayer is that peace pre­vails in trou­bled ar­eas in Baringo County. That can only be achieved if all the lead­ers have the will to end the peren­nial men­ace. I also promise to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the peo­ple in this re­gion through ad­her­ence to the Con­sti­tu­tion,” he added.

Mr Ki­pla­gat un­suc­cess­fully vied for the Baringo Cen­tral par­lia­men­tary seat but won the Speaker’s po­si­tion af­ter gar­ner­ing 33 votes against his clos­est ri­val Fri­dah Lo­tuiya’s 11. Ms Lo­tuiya is from the mi­nor­ity En­dorois com­mu­nity.

Mr Ki­pla­gat, 49, be­came the dar­ling of Baringo Cen­tral con­stituents when he trounced in­cum­bent MP Sammy Mwaita in the Ju­bilee pri­maries.

The res­i­dents wanted to vote out Mr Mwaita, who had served for two terms, as they were yearn­ing for change.

In the pri­maries, Mr Mwaita, a for­mer com­mis­sioner of lands, lost to the Nairobi-based lawyer. Mr Ki­pla­gat got 12,341 votes against the MP’S 5,448.

How­ever, many were sur­prised when the lawyer, who had been nick­named Bwana Dawa by his sup­port­ers, was beaten by Maen­deleo Chap Chap can­di­date Joshua Kandie in the race for the par­lia­men­tary seat on Au­gust 8.

Mr Kandie gar­nered 15,171 votes while Mr Ki­pla­gat, who emerged sec­ond, had 14,030. Mr Eddy Koimett of Kanu got 2,491 votes.

Bwana Dawa came to the lime­light again when he was elected the Speaker of the Baringo County Assem­bly. He de­feated 10 other can­di­dates.

Soon af­ter he was sworn in, the Speaker urged the MCAS to start serv­ing the peo­ple, say­ing the time for cel­e­bra­tions was over.

“The cel­e­bra­tions are now be­hind us. Let us put the in­ter­ests of our peo­ple first so as to make sure that our county emerges the best,” he added.

Mr Ki­pla­gat took over from Mr Wil­liam Kamket, who was elected Ti­aty MP on a Kanu ticket.

Mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties in Baringo County are, how­ever, the big­gest losers. They lost all the key posts, in­clud­ing that of Speaker. They were hope­ful of at least clinch­ing the Speaker’s po­si­tion but it was won by the pop­u­lous Tu­gen.

Mr Kamket re­gret­ted that the Speaker’s seat did not go to some­body from a mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity.

“It would have been fair for the Speaker’s po­si­tion to go to a mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity for re­gional bal­ance to be achieved. Other com­mu­ni­ties should be con­sid­ered for other key po­si­tions in this county,” said Mr Kamket.

The peren­nial in­se­cu­rity men­ace must come to an end. My wish is to unite all the ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties in this county in a bid to end ram­pant cat­tle rustling,” David Ki­pla­gat, Speaker

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