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Late Senator Prengei’s family differs with Ogiek elders on endorsements to replace the late

The late Senator Prengei was nominated by the Jubilee party to represent the minority in the Senate and was the first Ogiek Legislator to sit in the Senate.

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The late Prenge'i family members led by the father Richard Barsaloi.They accused the elders for playing politics with the family.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The family of the late nominated Senator Victor Prengei has come out strongly to refute claims by Ogiek elders that they were consulted before the recent endorsements on who should fill the vacant seat left by Prengei.

Addressing the media in Nakuru town on Tuesday afternoon,the family members led by the late Prengei’s father Richard Barsaloi accused the elders for playing politics with the family.

According to Barsaloi,he only heard of the endorsements in the media outlets and refuted claims that that family was consulted.

Barsaloi who was accompanied by several senior citizens from the area reiterated that as a family they are not in support of the two endorsements done earlier by a section of elders but they will back their own Emmanuel Saitoti.

A section of elders from the Ogiek community had met earlier and endorsed Jubilee Party Nakuru Branch Secretary General Mtumishi Peter Cheruiyot.

On September 4, it also emerged that the Ogiek Council of elders led by Chairman John Sironga met at a guest House in Marianshoni and agreed to support John Samorai to take and complete the remaining term.

However, the family of the late Senator claims they were not consulted and as such they will rally behind Saitoti, 24, who is the nephew to the late Senator Victor Prengei who succumbed to road accident.

The family is now appealing to President Uhuru Kenyatta who is also the Jubilee Party Leader to intervene in the issue and allow their person of choice to take up the seat.

“We are surprised as a family that elders from the Ogiek Community are making endorsements without even consulting us as family. We want to tell them we do not support any of their endorsements. We call on President Uhuru Kenyatta to allow our son Saitoti to serve the remaining months” said Barsaloi.

Sentiments echoed by Mr. Christopher Kipkonei who is uncle to the late Senator Prengei.

According to him, the Jubilee Party should honor the family by allowing any of their choice to have the seat.

He recalled that during the burial, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui vowed to ensure he will lobby for the seat to be held by the family for the remaining term, but this is not the case as elders have begun gambling with the matter.

“They have forwarded two names without even consulting us. Some have even gone to Nairobi but we are hearing they were told to come back to the family but we haven’t seen them” he said.

On his part Joseph Miangari, an elder, noted that it was wrong for a section of elders in the area to play politics with the seat that was left vacant by the late Senator Prengei.

I t should be noted that already Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka has declared the seat vacant.

The late Senator Prengei was nominated by the Jubilee party to represent the minority in the Senate and was the first Ogiek Legislator to sit in the Senate.

 

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Kalonzo hints at One Kenya Alliance leadership by October

The Wiper Leader who met and held consultative meeting with Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui also called on political leaders to maintain peace ahead of the polls.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.PHOTO/NGPU.

Wiper Democratic Movement Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has revealed that the leadership of One Kenya Alliance will be unveiled soon.

Speaking in Nakuru on Wednesday, Kalonzo said by the end of October, the direction of the One Kenya Alliance will be known.

“I am sure that by the end of October we shall have known the leadership and way forward for One Kenya Alliance ahead of the 2022 polls” he said.

The Wiper Leader who met and held consultative meeting with Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui also called on political leaders to maintain peace ahead of the polls.

According to Kalonzo, leaders should shun  politics of division but instead focus on making Kenya a better nation.

“We need to focus on uniting this country.We cannot destroy this beautiful country” said Kalonzo.

On his part Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui noted that Nakuru is at the heart of any national politicians.

He called on those seeking elective positions to ensure peaceful campaigns.

“Our county plays a great role in the economy and politics of the country. We are committed to peaceful elections, tolerance and coexistence. As we approach elections, I urge those seeking positions not to disrupt the lives of Kenyans but conduct their campaigns peacefully.

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MCA Mbae:2021 International Day of Peace is a reminder how much we need peace towards 2022 polls

It should be noted that Dr.Mbae who is also an expert in matters peace and reconciliation has sponsored the Nakuru County Peace Bill.

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Kabazi MCA Dr Peter Mbae at a past presser.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

This 2021 International Day of Peace is a reminder how much we need peace towards the general elections next year, Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae has said.

In a statement to Newsrooms,Mbae said peace is key before, during and after the 2022 polls.

“As we mark this day,we should be reminded of how peace is key even as we head to 2022 polls” said Mbae.

He added that this is also time that leaders should focus on saving Kenyans from mental illness occassioned by Covid-19 pandemic.

The vocal Nakuru MCA called on the national government to ensure it  avails enough vaccines to the most needy in the villages.

It should be noted that Dr.Mbae who is also an expert in matters peace and reconciliation has sponsored the Nakuru County Peace Bill.

“I have sponsored the Nakuru county Peace Bill as my contribution to peace. I undertake to make and pursue peace in all my areas of influence” he said.

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Nakuru residents join the world in marking Peace Day with calls for peaceful 2022 polls

The event that took place at Cathedral Church of Christ the King, was organized by  Ms Rani Ramchandani, in partnership with Tobias Foundation and Black Coffee Network.

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Some of the partners of the International Peace Day celebrations in Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Residents of Nakuru county on Tuesday joined the World in marking Peace Day with calls for peaceful elections taking centre stage.

The event that took place at Cathedral Church of Christ the King, was organized by  Ms Rani Ramchandani, in partnership with Tobias Foundation and Black Coffee Network.

In an interview with this writer,Rani called on residents of Nakuru county and Kenya as a whole to be peace ambassadors.

Speaking at the event,peace ambassador and Kisii County Police Commander Francis Kooli reiterated the need for every Kenyan to embrace peace even as the nation prepares for 2022 general elections.

The officer noted that without peace no development can be realized.

He added that there are numerous government projects that have been initiated in the country and can only be completed when there is peace.

Kooli once again appealed to the youths to avoid being used by politicians to cause havoc in the country.

“As security agents in the country we also appeal for peace.Let us all be peace ambassadors even as we gear towards 2022 polls.No development can be realized when there is no peace” said Kooli.

Sentiments echoed by Nakuru County CEC for  Finance Dr.Peter Kityenya who noted that lack of peace affects everyone.

While calling for collaboration among all sectors to ensure peace, Kityenya called on youths to keep themselves busy by using various opportunities and funds that the county government of Nakuru has set aside for them.

“We all have a role to ensure peaceful country.Youth in Nakuru should use the opportunities set aside by county government to empower themselves” he said.

Director Youth affairs Josephat Kimemia called for need to sensitize young people on matters peace and the need to empower the same.

He added that idleness among young people has always led them to criminal activities interfering with peace in society.

While revealing that Sh.162 million has been set aside for the youth in Nakuru, Kimemia urged parents to also engage their children so as to avert engaging in criminal activities.

The event was also attended by President Rotary Club of Nakuru Joab Okello who decried the displacement of people that has always been witnessed due to political conflicts.

“We need all stakeholders on board to engage on peace initiatives.If our youth are engaged, then they will not be used by politicians to cause havoc” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Tobias Orwa from Tobias Foundation.

Orwa noted that youth are vulnerable and that is why the politicians take advantage of them

“We are telling youths to shun being used as we head to 2022 polls” said Orwa.

 

 

 

 

 

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