Marakwet leaders raise red flag over insecurity at DP Ruto Eldoret rally

DP William Ruto at a political rally

Dr John Kibosia said while the community had every right to a political association of their choice, developments like the stalled Kimwarer and Arror dams in the Kerio valley touch on the very livelihood of many of their people

By The Weekly Vision Online

The Marakwet Professional Lobby Group tabled a set of demands to Deputy President William Ruto at a rally held in Eldoret last Saturday. Through a press statement, the lobby group’s national chairman Dr John Kibosia said the Marakwets had for a long time been denied development while their political support for the DP was taken for granted.

He said while the community had every right to a political association of their choice, developments like the stalled Kimwarer and Arror dams in the Kerio valley touch on the very livelihood of many of their people. Dr Kibosia who is a former long-serving medical CEO at KMTC, KNH, and MTRH said the community had been short-changed when plans to expand and upgrade the referral hospital were sabotaged in 2015.

DP Ruto led a team of top government officials in cancelling the project claiming the cash was enough to set up a second referral hospital in Eldoret, this is yet to happen. Dr Kibosia claimed even after the Chinese Exim Bank set aside Ksh. 17 billion for the upgrade, the DP used his office to stop the work, it’s not clear why the DP overruled the hospital board of directors, the CEO and the ministry of health.

Dr Kibosia said a planned second referral hospital had never taken off despite groundwork being done and it now remains a “white elephant”, it’s not even clear how the Chinese Ksh. 17b grant had been disbursed

Dr Kibosia said he is a life member of KANU and a strong supporter of the “handshake” and said the frustrating expansion of the hospital had denied the region economic progress. He further said the stalled dams that would have provided water for irrigation in the semi-arid area would have enhanced development and ended feuding over scarce pasture for cattle and drinking water. Dr Kibosia said this set of demands was presented to DP Ruto for consideration as he makes his bid for the presidency in August.

Dr Kibosia said a planned second referral hospital had never taken off despite groundwork being done and it now remains a “white elephant”, it’s not even clear how the Chinese Ksh. 17b grant had been disbursed. He further said the community was bitter over the ongoing strike at Moi university which they want the DP to help end.

“Promises to do this or that when elected in August are hardly credible for a seating second in command,” said Kibosia adding that Ruto’s track record would be the basis for voters making their choice. He said the constant attacks by bandits in the Kerio valley targeting even school children had to be brought to an end and this can’t wait until August!

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