The business community in Eldoret town and its environs is urging newly elected Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago who was inaugurated on Monday not to victimise them over their political stand in the just concluded general election.
The traders expressed fears that plans were underway to punish them for taking a different political stand in the choice of a gubernatorial candidate during the electioneering period.
Speaking in Eldoret town, the traders who include, shops owners, second hand cloth dealers and hawkers have asked the governor to embrace them in his leadership.
The fact that some of us voted for a different gubernatorial candidate in the just concluded election rather than the incumbent does not mean we hate him but we were just exercising our democratic rights, said a stall owner who declined to be named for fear of victimisation.
He said that recent statements attributed to some of the governor’s allies paints a picture of tough time for the business community operating in the region.
While addressing hundreds of Jubilee Party supporters who had converged at Eldoret town hall following the victory of Mandago, Kapseret MP-elect Oscah Sudi told him to review all trading licenses by traders to weed out those who campaigned against his re-election.
The Kapseret MP, a close ally of Mandago said that as elected leaders, they will ensure equity in license and ownership of businesses premises in the town and its environs.
We know majority of the business community in Eldoret town and other urban towns in the county did not vote for the incumbent and instead rallied their support to his competitor in the just concluded polls, said Sudi.
Mandago echoed his sentiments stating despite the business community campaigning against his reelection, he still emerged the winner in the hotly contested race due to his development track record.
The governor, however, assured that there should be no cause for alarm or fear as he will serve all irrespective of their political and ethnic background.
Source: Kenya News Agency