Divisions have erupted among Kuria community in Migori county following a meeting held on December 18 2019 at Kiikalloh Grand Resort in Machakos county.
A section from the community claim, the organisers sidelined them from the talks on grounds that they belonged to a different camp in Uhuru Kenyatta succession 2022.
The meeting was aimed at planning the political future of the community and push for their own county in BBI referendum.Fear within the community is that they have been overtaken by the Luo population and will play second fiddle politically for years to come.
The meeting in Machakos was sponsored by deputy president William Ruto using his allies Kuria East legislator Marwa Kitayama, former Migori senator and envoy to Nigeria Wilfred Machage, 20 local leaders including MCAs and professionals.Ruto enjoys support in the region going by the number of parliamentary seats Jubilee grabbed in the region.
ODM to win the community support has been dangling the position of deputy governor currently held by Nelson Marwa who is second to Governor Okoth Obando.Reports indicate that to win the community support and to counter the Ruto wave, ODM leader wants Migori governorship rotational.With Obando doing his last term, the Kuria community should produce the next governor with the Luo deputy. The county also has a substantial Luhya migrant vote.
The move will counter the Kuria claims that devolution has failed to cure marginalisation of minority populations and push for a Kuria county.
To push for Kuria county, talk is rife among the leaders that the community population stands at 308,000 going by the 2019 census. It is thus far much more than the counties of Lamu, Tharaka Nithi, Marsabit and Taita Taveta counties.
Politicians James Chacha a former mayor, Maneno Mwikwabe, Matiko Bohoko are among those pushing for Kuria county after it emerged, of the 10 executive positions in Migori, only two are occupied by the Kuria community.