Pokomo elders to begin vetting political aspirants


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The Pokomo Supreme Council of Elders in Tana River County has initiated a process to vet all politicians aspiring to vie for various political positions ahead of 2017 general elections.

The elders calling themselves Wazee Wa Gaza say the move is also aimed at uniting the community and electing credible leaders who will address the interests of the community.

Speaking while meeting all the aspiring members of county assembly in Garsen constituency, the Vice Chairman Pokomo supreme council of Elders in Tana Delta, David Magasani said their mandate is not to endorse candidates but provide a platform where all aspiring politicians will be known to the community.

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It will also provide an opportunity for the aspirants to present their manifestos so that the electorates can select their leaders.

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Magasani said they started the process after the community lost a majority of the elective posts in the entire county during the 2013 elections.

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He said politicians from the Pokomo community competed amongst themselves in essence splitting their vote against other communities within the county.

Some of the Key aspects they will be considering will be the ability of the aspirant to unite the community the level of education and how he/she will initiate peace among the various communities residing in the county.

Daiddo Oruji one of the community leaders said the process to vet the leaders was impressive to bring in the selection criteria with an equitable way of trying to sieve the candidates who submitted their curriculum vitae ..

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The leaders however faulted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for failing to curb election malpractices.

He said some voters who were not eligible to vote in Tana River were ferried from Kilifi, Lamu and Garrisa Counties to register as voters within Tana River Count, noting that this could spark tension and conflicts in the fragile Tana Delta region.

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