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Minority groups seek positions in Nakuru County Government

Minority tribes in Nakuru have urged Governor-elect Lee Kinyanjui to consider them for key appointments in his administration. Speaking to The Standard, the chairman of the Ogiek Council of Elders, Joseph Towett, said marginalised communities such as the Ogiek, the Turkana, and the Somali should be included in the county’s development agenda.

“Minority communities have for long been fighting to clinch elective positions but tribal voting trends have barred them from clinching seats,” Mr Towett said.

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Other maginalised communities in the area include the Yaaku from Laikipia and the Sengwer, who have roots in Cherangany and Elgeiyo Marakwet. Agnes Salimu, the first Ogiek woman MCA (in Marioshioni) failed to be re-elected, losing to Douglas Ayabei.

Towett called on other county governments and the national government to consider minority communities for key jobs within their jurisdictions.

“Devolution will work best if all groups are represented so that they work together in delivering services equally. County governments should do the same as a way of boosting inclusivity,” he said. 

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