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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Elders endorse aspirants for pay

Nandi elder Arap Bitok, Luo Council of Elders chairman Willis Otondi and Cord leader Raila Odinga during a peace meeting at Kibigori in Muhoroni on the Nandi-Kisumu border on October 16 /MAURICE ALAL
Nandi elder Arap Bitok, Luo Council of Elders chairman Willis Otondi and Cord leader Raila Odinga during a peace meeting at Kibigori in Muhoroni on the Nandi-Kisumu border on October 16 /MAURICE ALAL

Luo Council of Elders chairman Willis Otondi has criticised elders who endorse aspirants for pay. Luo and Kisii aspirants are scrambling to be endorsed and installed as ‘elders’. Otondi said “whatever is going on is very wrong”.

“These political endorsements are a disgrace to our dignity because the people being endorsed are not even good leaders. It is all about who has a lot of money and can influence the community,” he said.

Otondi said the elders should let the voters make their own decisions. He, however, led elders in endorsing Cord leader Raila Odinga recently.

Political science lecturer at Maseno University Tom Mboya said coronation and installation of aspirants is sold to “the highest bidder”.

“We expect to see more endorsements as we head to the general election, but these elders have legitimacy issues,” he said.

Mboya said the elders do not have the constituents’ interests at heart. On Saturday, some elders from Suba endorsed businessman Sammy Wakiaga to face off with Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti.

In Nyamira county, separate groups of elders endorsed North Mugirango MP Charles Geni and his rival Joash Nyamoko.


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