Muslim community wants Ottichilo to form inclusive government

The Muslim community has appealed to Vihiga County Governor elect, Dr.Wilber Ottichilo, to form an all-inclusive government to cater for the interests of the communities living in the area.

The Chairperson for Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Vihiga Chapter, Mr. Hussein Lukatilu, vouched for the inclusion of Muslim professionals in the yet to be formed county government.

The previous government, under outgoing governor Moses Akaranga, was not all inclusive in terms of job opportunity distribution, claimed Lukatilu.

The CIPK official accused Akaranga of rewarding his relatives, friends and political cronies instead at expense of qualified and experienced professionals from all the tribes living in the county.

According to Lukatilu, the community was optimistic of improved service delivery under the stewardship of Dr. Ottichilo whom he described as one of few leaders who have passed leadership integrity in the country.

The electorate in Vihiga did not want to gamble with its votes this time round, observed Lukatilu in reference to the just concluded General Elections in which Ottichilo trounced his closest rivals by a wide margin.

Dr. Ottichilo garnered 82,220 votes against Akaranga and former Vihiga Member of Parliament (MP), Yusuf Chanzu’s 65,539 and 34,102 votes respectively.

The Muslim community also urged Ottichilo to slay the dragon of corruption to enable the county spare enough funds towards gainful development programmes.

Lukatilu at the same time appealed to Members of County Assembly (MCAs) elect of Vihiga to work harmoniously with the new governor as well as serve the locals selflessly regardless of party affiliations.

Results from the August national elections indicate Amani National Congress (ANC) will have majority seats in the count assembly followed by Akaranga’s Progressive Party of Kenya (PPK).

Whereas ANC has nine MCAs and PPK seven MCAs, Ottichilo’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) managed to send only three MCAs to the local parliament.

Source: Kenya News Agency