Turkana Governor Rubbishes Ekuro’s interest in presidency


Turkana Governor Rubbishes Ekuro's interest in presidency
FILE PHOTO: Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Dr. Ekuru Aukot during a past interview with Citizen tv

Turkana County Governor Josphat Nanok has rubbished Ekuro Aukot’s interest for presidency in the 2017 General Election saying he is unpopular.

This comes after the constitutional expert took to social media to express his interest for the top seat saying he helped draw up the new constitution thus should be given chance to represent it as its ‘custodian.’

In an interview with Citizen TV, Dr Aukot said he feels challenged to seek presidency because the country is getting torn apart by tribalism and what he described as run-away corruption.

“I am going to offer myself as a presidential candidate for Thirdway Alliance. We are coming as a tribe-less movement,” he said at the Big Question.

The Thirdway Alliance has been vocal on social media where Dr Aukot , who has 53,000 followers, has been lampooning the government over corruption, insecurity among his pastoralist community in Turkana and the division of national resources among counties.

However, Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok maintains that Aukot is unpopular even in Turkana where he hails from.

Aukot has been a critic of the Turkana County Administration over the past years accusing the governor of misuse of public funds.

Last month Aukot filed a case at the Lodwar Law Courts alleging that the governor has misappropriated funds by not providing services to the people, a case which is yet to be determined.

This has created a rift between the governor and the constitutional expert.

Governor Nanok further hit out at leaders from the region, who were among those who resolved to come up with their own political vehicle during the Pastoralist Leadership Summit held in Isiolo County.

He dismissed plans to form a new party bringing together pastoralist communities and urged residents to support the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord).

More than 70 leaders from the pastoralist counties; Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Lamu, Kajiado and Narok decided to come up with their own party to act as a negotiating tool come 2017.

By Asli Galgalo

 

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