The Bukusu cultural leaders from all wards in Trans Nzoia have endorsed former Rift Valley Commissioner George Natembeya for the county’s gubernatorial seat.
Speaking to the Western Kenya Times at the event that took place in Natembeya’s home in Trans Nzoia County, the Bukusu cultural leaders led by Peter Masinde congratulated Natembeya on resigning and “coming back” to serve the people of Trans Nzoia.
Masinde said they have decided to support Natembeya as per his track record while he was in the national government, urging other communities in the county to rally behind him.
Other elders, like Josphat Nyongesa and James Maruti, said it is Natembeya who will redeem the lost glory of Trans Nzoia County, saying the Ford Kenya leadership had failed electorates in terms of development.
Natembeya, who requested voters elect him as their governor, promised to speed up development projects, including the expansion of Kitale town to accommodate more businessmen and skyrocket county tax collection.
He promised, among other things, to embrace locals in terms of tenders and employment.
“Time of giving tenders to non-residents of this county and employing outsiders will be over once I am elected,” he said.
Mike Musungu is a reporter at Radio Simba in Bungoma and a correspondent of Trans Nzoia County for the Western Kenya Times.