“We want to be part of the larger Western region unity and this should not only capture the luhya community,”he said

The Iteso community living in Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties have decried of marginalization and hope BBI will address their plight.

Speaking in Bungoma town on Friday June 26, the Iteso council of elders led by their chairperson Joseck okisayi said the previous governments and regimes had neglected the community during appointments of lucrative positions in government.

“We are calling on president Kenyatta to consider  appointing professionals fro the Iteso community   during the realignment of his government as we have plenty of such within our community ,”said Okisayi.

Okisayi said despite the community having  great scholars many had been left out during appointments of cabinet secretaries ,principal secrataaries and ambassadors .

The elders further said they supported the building bridges initiative because this will  address the plight of communities that had been marginalized by the previous  regimes.

“We already as a community gave our grievances to the BBI team and we are hoping that our grievances will be captured during its final report,”Said Jesse Otekei a member of the elders council.

Otekei further said that as community living in western Kenya they should not be left out during the luhya unity drive saying the initiative should also capture the sabaot and iteso communities living in the region .

“We want to be part of the larger Western region unity and this should not only capture the luhya community,”he said

The elders said they supported the move by a section of elders to have Kakamega governor Wyclife Opranya and devolution cabinet secretaries Eugene Wamalwa as regions spokes persons .

They at the same time said that they were optimistic that the handshake and working relationship between ODM leader Raila Odinga and president Uhuru Kenyatta will  yield unity across the country

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