Mandago accused of regionalism
Residents of Turbo Sub-County in Uasin Gishu County have accused Governor Jackson Mandago of discriminating their area in development projects.
The residents said the current administration led by Mandago has not allocated enough money for development projects in the area accusing him of favouring his home area.
Some said the county government has at the same time not considered the educated youths from the area when it came to employment.
“We only hear of employees from Ainabkoi, Soy and other areas. We have youths who are currently running boda boda and other menial jobs to earn a living yet they have Masters Degrees. We feel left out as a region,” Remarked Some.
At the same time, residents of Kesses last week held a peaceful demonstration to protest over the poor state of Kesses-Lessos road, also accusing the County Government of not doing enough to pave the road.
In his response, Mandago refuted the claims saying the rumors being spread were political tools meant to thwart his re-election bid.
The governor termed the claims as baseless saying the county health executive as well as her Chief Officer were from Turbo Sub-County, adding that the Chief Officer in the Department of Education Youths and Social Services and also the Chief Officer Department of Youth Affairs were all from the said Sub-County.
He said the County assembly passed priority development projects and that for the blame to be bundled on him alone was baseless and backed with no evidence at all.
He said his re-election bid was meant to complete ongoing projects, while urging the residents to stop endless complaints and instead speak out in public participation fora when called to do so.