The KANU Party wrangles have intensified in West Pokot County as area Governor John Lonyangapuo takes on KANU bigwigs accusing them of meddling in County affairs through the County assembly leadership.
The County boss now claims the top party leadership was out to frustrate and sabotage the executive and smooth running of the County assembly.
Those accused are KANU Secretary General Nick Salat, KANU Disciplinary committee chairperson, Zipporah Kitony, Senate majority leader who is also the West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio,Tiaty member of Parliament Kasait Kamket, West Pokot Deputy Governor Dr. Nicholas Atudonyang and West Pokot County assembly speaker Catherine Mukenyang.
This comes even as 12 KANU members of the County assembly have been summoned by Zipporah Kitony.
The West Pokot County assembly has been having wrangles after the County KANU leadership ousted the County assembly majority leader Thomas Ng’olesya who was replaced by Weiwei ward representative Mr. David Kapelisiwa and Chief whip Maddy Polokou who was replaced by Endough ward representative Evanson Lomadunyi for not supporting the County Government agenda.
A month ago, the assembly was adjourned after chaos, wrangles and misunderstandings erupted between members of the County assembly loyal to KANU Secretary General Nick Salat and those loyal to Lonyangapuo.
12 members of the assembly were given show cause letters from Salat. The assembly is scheduled to resume on 11th June 2020.
At a press conference in Kapenguria, Governor Lonyangapuo who was accompanied by three quarter of members of the County assembly from KANU, PDR and Jubilee parties faulted the KANU party leader Gideon Moi for sleeping on his job.
“There is no County Government whose agenda has been frustrated in the Assembly like West Pokot. The County has become like a toilet where you enter and spoil everything,” he said.
Lonyangapuo is now vowing to stop the activities of the assembly if the KANU top leadership won’t adhere to the County assembly members’ decision to make changes in the leadership.
Lonyangapuo now wants the top party leadership to give him space to work for West Pokot residents.
“The President said we have a handshake and heart shake,”he said.
The Governor cited that the KANU Party was on its deathbed if it will not change how it is managing its affairs and stop interfering with County assembly issues.
Lonyangapuo also lamented that the setting up of the new County public service board has been hindered by KANU officials.
He said Poghisio should’ve realized that the County Assembly officials were not supporting his agenda. “The Interference by Poghisio shows that he will not perform well as the Senate majority leader,” said Lonyangapuo. He added that Salat, Poghisio and the County Assembly speaker were using the County Assembly staff to threaten MCAs.
Lonyangapuo said that those frustrating him in KANU have not been loyal to the independence party like he has.