As the country gears towards 2022 elections, political temperature in Trans Nzoia county is becoming nasty with players expressing their differences in funerals that has caused several locals, churches as well as politicians criticize the heightened politics within the county.
The two bigwigs now for gubernatorial elections are the Regional Coordinator for Rift Valley George Natembeya against Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa who their differences has openly been played in funerals causing drama accusations and counter accusations from politicians and locals.
The ugly incidents happened during the burial of former councilor Ishmael Masinde during the function that happened at Lukhome Primary school of Machewa ward Saboti constituency, the late was the uncle to Regional commissioner George Natembeya.
Two opposing camps one for RC Natembeya and Dr Wamalwa differed openly during the function that made the salvation army church proceed with the body of the late for burial some few kilometres from the function leaving politicians at the school talking to few locals and hired goons.
The first to arrive at the function was Regional Coordinator George Natembeya who was in company of Keiyo ward MCA Emmanuel Waswa also Ford Kenya minority leader in Trans Nzoia assembly, County Commissioner Sam Ojwang, West Pokot Chief Officer for water Milcah Psiwa amongst other leaders before Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa in company of Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula, Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi ,five Bungoma MCAs and his Sikhendu ward Eric Musumba the group arrived while the family was eulogising the late.
Area MCA Geoffrey Wambalaba took to the podium immediately the family finished eulogizing the late and started welcoming politicians to address the public as the event went on smoothly
However, invitation of Joseph Pepela Saboti MP aspirant changed the political scenario that was cool, he accused the RC George Natembeya whom he claimed was a foreigner in the county judging the crowd as well as receiving cheering and jeering from two opposing sides of RC Natembeya and MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa, the scenario degenerated into shouting match prompting the church to proceed straight for burial while leaving politicians at the venue addressing few supporters.
The event was disrupted by youths from two camps making Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, and RC Natembeya unable address the public, the leaders however condemned the fracas that emanated at the function.
The Salvation Army church led by captain Joseph Baraka and locals of the area blamed politicians for the fracas calling upon youths to desist from being used by politicians for their political interests.