ODM Maximizes on Turkana, Pokot Feuds to Thrash Ekuru Aukot’s Initiative

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A photo collage of ODM leader Raila Odinga enjoying some light moments. ODM has already opposed Aukot’s Punguza Mizigo Initiative. Photo/File

The simmering tensions between two neighbouring communities, Pokot and Turkana came as a boon for ODM party in its quest to cut Third Way Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot to size in relation to his Punguza Mizigo Initiative.

ODM party which has already declared it will not support Ekuru Aukot’s Punguza Mizigo initiative through its Alego Usonga Member of Parliament Samuel Atandi lauded West Pokot residents after they denied audience Ekuru Aukot on Wednesday to brief the county assembly on the importance of his initiative.

Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot addressing Makutano residents on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Photo/File

“West Pokot residents know how to separate imposters, idlers, and hirelings from the true leaders of Revolution. It is a handshake, BBI, President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga to the very end” Posted Atandi.

It is alleged that West Pokot county became hostile to the team, mainly because of poor relations between Ekuru Aukot’s Turkana people and the local residents, after whom the county is named.

The Pokot and the Turkana have fought for many decades, maybe even centuries, in what is largely an extension of traditional cattle raiding practices that have refused to go away.

According to reports from a local newspaper, Aukot was heckled by West Pokot MCAs for proposing scrapping of nominated seats, which according to them, had hugely benefited the marginalized counties such as West Pokot.

But for ODM, it was a case of the old saying, my enemy’s enemy is my friend.

ODM is backing its own initiative, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which is a product of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

Although ODM party has maintained it is waiting for the BBI committee to complete its public participation, most of Kenyans including ODM supporters have already expressed their satisfaction with Ekuru Aukot’s initiative urging county assembly members to pass it once it is presented to them.




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