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Sunday, 14 September 2014


The immediate former Nandi county athletics chairman Abraham Mutai is praying that the Chesumei MP Elijah Lagat be recalled from parliament over what he terms as lack of commitment to constituents.

Speaking at AIC Kosirai church grounds during a fundraising meeting towards the medication of a daughter of a former councillor, a bitter Mutai recited unfulfilled promises, bouncing cheques and impassable road network in the constituency.

He said his driving force to collect signatures from voters and present to the National Assembly speaker to announce the seat vacant was based on these anomalies. The ousted leader also wants his area member of county assembly, Simeon Bor, to be sent packing alongside the MP over the same grievances which he claims have left majority of voters more impoverished than ever before.

 He claims that there is favouritism and nepotism in giving out bursaries and in awarding tenders where the youth, women and people with disabilities are not catered for despite the constitution being very clear.

The legislator who was present listened pensively then disputed the allegations one by one when he rose to speak, clarifying that his development record for the past seven years in parliament speaks for itself. “I was re-elected because of my good development record in last parliament when I was Emgwen MP  and when the constituency was ranked among the top performers countrywide in CDF management and utilsation,” the MP said before he left.

 The MP told the gathering that many youths, women and people with disabilities miss out on tenders because they do not have prequalified registered companies. He urged residents to ignore baseless allegations from people who are only out to settle old scores but to examine his scorecard in terms of projects he was initiating.

The MP has had rough times with voters in the past. In the last general elections and during the peak of the campaigns, he almost complicated his re-election bid after he invented a propaganda campaign machinery to discredit him but he did not manage to win. It is worth noting that the athletic official, who wants the MP sent home lost his seat after he was taken to court by the MP’s CDF chairman William Rono after the two engaged each other in nasty altercations in the village.

At the court, he was handed a two year non-custodial sentence after his lawyers pleaded with the court on grounds that he was chairman to many institutions and was supporting lives of many young people in the area. Officials of Nandi county athletic Kenya association then converged to upstage and replace him with former world 800 metres athletics champion, Wilfred Bungei owing to the famous Chapter Six constitutional threshold on integrity. However, he still insists that he is the duly elected branch chairman. He is squarely blaming the MP the county assembly members and their lieutenants for the underdevelopment and poverty in the constituency.

 The constituency was hived from Mosop and Emgwen constituencies and is yet to be gazetted as a subcounty to gain recognition from the national government.

The indisposed young woman Caroline Karan who is set to undergo a kidney transplant in India, is the daughter of former Nandi county council chairman James Karan. Among those present at the event was county woman MP Zipporah Kering, former Moi Mr Fix it Mark Too and former county council chairman Nelson Lelei.