Following disputes between Trans Nzoia County Governor and his Deputy Philomena Kapkory that has led to the two stop working together, leaders from Trans Nzoia County have called upon them to cease fire and work for a common good.
Leaders led by Justina Sitti and Jane Wasike from Maendeleo ya Wanawake movement have appealed to especially Deputy Governor to stop operating from Nairobi but return in the County where her services are needed as staying away from her work station was not good for the County as well as residents who need her services.
Deputy Governor presented her case before the Senate Devolution Committee to intervene and National Commission on Cohesion alleging that she fears for her security as she was being targeted by junior staffs with some threatening messages, trailed by Governor Natembeya as well as stating that her boss has been involved in nepotism in matters employment of staff in his administration allegations that Governor Natembeya refuted after he also was given opportunity by the Senate to defend himself.
“We want the Deputy Governor to be proud of her office, especially as it represents a milestone for politically marginalized women,” emphasized Mrs. Justina Siti.
Allies of the Governor advise Kapkory to address the issues internally and embrace local dispute resolution mechanisms before resorting to state investigative arms.
“Her office is a political environment that is not a bed of roses. You must learn to fight back from within and seek redress internally instead of airing grievances in public,” urged Ms. Jane Wasike.
Former Webuye MP Joash Wamang’oil expressed disappointment, challenging Kapkory to avoid personalizing her quest for justice by involving the Governor’s family in her concerns.
“I was so disappointed to see the Deputy Governor insinuate that the Governor has hired his relatives in his office, which is not only untrue but also a deviation from her complaint about insecurity,” stated Mr. Wamang’oil.
They also called on those taking advantage of the dispute to refrain from fueling ethnic tensions for personal gain.
“The Bukusu and the Sabaots in both Bungoma and Trans Nzoia County enjoy a cordial relationship and have even intermarried. Anyone trying to incite them against each other should stop,” emphasized Mr. Ronald Sawenja.