Split over new Uasin Gishu administrative zones – Weekly Citizen

A section of residents of Uasin Gishu county are against the recent move by Joseph Omollo to sue Interior CS Fred Matiang’i
for creating new administrative zones in the county. Omollo filed a case at the High Court in Eldoret on grounds the new administrative units created did not follow due process. Governor Jackson Mandago is also against Matiang’i move. But those for argue, it will enhance service delivery and help in the future creation of new constituencies. Omollo sued the Interior
ministry, county commissioner and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and listed the Uasin Gishu county
government and the county assembly as interested parties. Word has it that Omollo is on the payroll of the governor who
believes it was done to undermine him politically as Matiang’i could have involved him. The divisions created are Moi’s Bridge, Kapyemit, Sergoit, Kaptagat, Pioneer and Cheptiret. According to Omollo, there was no public participation resulting in recommendations for the creation of the impugned administrative units. Those against the court case say the units were proposed by leaders and residents in 2017. Soy MP Caleb Kositany and local MCAs are against the sub-division. Cheptiret-Kipchamo MCA Gilbert Tenai is also opposed to the subdivision. UDA politician Jonathan Bii, who is eyeing governorship seat,
is pushing for IEBC to be involved in drawing the boundaries. Politics for creation of three new constituencies in the county
has been on with many opposing the creation of new Eldoret town as it will favour non-Kalenjins. Eldoret town has Kikuyus, Kisiis, Luos, Luhyas and Somalis as major voters. Kalenjin politicians want the town shared by surrounding constituencies to counter the vote of outsiders.

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