West Pokot leaders warned against abusing President over landslides tragedy visit

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West Pokot Governor and County Commissioner Apollo Okello (centre) during the Jamhuri Day celebration at Makutano stadium
West Pokot Governor and County Commissioner Apollo Okello (centre) during the Jamhuri Day celebration at Makutano stadium

West Pokot County Governor John Lonyangapuo and County commissioner Apollo Okello have warned politicians from the area against abusing and insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta for not visiting the victims of the landslides and floods in the County that claimed more than 50 people.

Speaking during the Jamhuri day celebrations in Makutano stadium, Governor Lonyangapuo cautioned leaders over disrespecting the President saying he is the County boss and should be consulted first concerning anything.

He asked leaders to stop politicizing the landslides issue and instead focus on how the support the affected families. He lauded Kenyans for supporting and standing with the landslides victims.

Apollo said that the government was keenly watching the politicians and soon they will be arrested. He defended the government saying it acted well and fully supported the victims. “The government representatives are on the ground and we have been working round the clock to help the victims. It should not be the President in person,” he said, “Those now yapping did not help in any manner.”

He said the President directed government representatives including the army to avail assistance. The commissioner said that the affected families will be resettled soon and that the County administration has received iron sheets and nails.