Transporters in JP primaries disrupt issuance of certificates Elgeyo Marakwet
Car owners who offered transport services during Jubilee Party nominations in Elgeyo Marakwet delayed the issuance of nomination certificates in the county for four hours.
This is after they stormed the party’s Iten offices on Friday demanding to be paid after transporting election materials during the April 24 primaries.
Led by Godwin Kosgei, the transporters stormed a meeting between nominees and county JP officials and blocked the office’s gate.
Kosgei claimed some party officials in the county pocketed the money meant for transporters. He accused JP coordinator in the county, Barnabas Lagat of failing to pay the vehicle owners despite receiving the money from the party’s headquarters in Nairobi.
“Something fishy is going on here. We are aware the money has been sent to county officials.
We will not allow them to leave this building until they clear with us,” Kosgei said.
The transporters blocked the office’s gate with their vehicles and disrupted the ongoing meeting attended by area governor, Alex Tolgos and Women rep nominee, Jane Kiptoo and the JP officials in push to have the Sh10,000 to each of the 20 transporters paid.
It took the intervention of Governor Tolgos to end the stalemate.
Tolgos offered to provide Sh200,000 to pay the unrelenting transporters after a lengthy negotiation.
The governor had asked the transporters to give the party time to settle the payments, but his pleas fell on deaf hears.
“You can go and receive your nomination certificate if you have no solution to our problems, but we will not allow the party officials to leave here until we are paid our money,” Kosgei told.
Tolgos as it became apparent that the officials were to remain under siege for a longer time.
Tolgos then agreed to agreed to pay transporters using his personal money, and after 10 minutes his aides arrived with the cash.
The ceremony which was to start at 10am kicked off at 2.30pm.
The party’s county coordinator Lagat said the money was available but some details of the transporters had not been captured.
“We have captured the names of those who had not been paid and we are now in the process of organizing ourselves to wire the money into their accounts,” Lagat said.