Business premises remain closed in West Pokot


Business premises remained closed in West Pokot county since August 8th, when residents went to exercise their voting rights.

A spot check at Makutano township revealed that a number of shops, hotels, supermarkets and Makutano bus pack, no business was in operation.

Most of the residents decided to follow the streaming in of results at their homes fearing post election skirmishes this is  after the National Cohesion and Integration Commission mapped West Pokot county as one of the hot spot  counties that may experience post election  violence.

Only  few people were seen in town as police vehicles  patrolled Makutano town to ensure security fro the residents.

The Governor  seat attracted two aspirants John Krop Lonyangapuo( Kanu) and incumbent governor Simon Kachapin Kitalei (Jubilee).

Samson Aturokoi said that many business men in the county decided to close their premises since they feared incurring losses when the final results are announced.

Aturokoi said that residents were eagerly waiting for  the gubernatorial seat final
results since most of the  polling centers had already transmitted their  results.

Makutano  bus park was empty with only two vehicle spotted heading to Kitale town.

One of the passangers Hellen Chesang said she boardeda vehicle heading to Kitale town at around 7.00 am and by  10.00am she was still  at the stage waiting for more passengers.

“Many  people ycast their votes and left the town, they went to their respective homes fearing for their lives,” she said.

 One of the drivers at the stage said that many  of  the  matatu  owners   will not allow their vehicles to operate on any route in the county since they feared incurring losses.