Lonyangapou, Kachapin political tussle turns nasty

Lonyangapou, Kachapin political tussle turns nasty


Chief administrative secretary in the ministry of Energy Simon Kachapin got himself in an awkward situation after a group of youths at Makutano heckled him in public for engaging in early campaigns.

Kachapin who is the former West Pokot governor was defeated by John Lonyangapuo in the last 2017 polls. Kapchin camp claims the governor bought youth to heckle him fearing he is gaining ground and is the man to watch 2022.

The group of the unruly youths is now asking Uhuru Kenyatta to admonish Kachapin for engaging in dirty politics and going against the order of the president gave to cabinet ministers not to engage in politics.

Of late, the CAS has been engaged in launching street lights in the county to gain publicity despite that activity being the function of the county government headed by his nemesis and the man who floored him.

Kachapin who had gone to launch a music CD for musician Lucy Chedatu faced resistance from a section of locals who accused him of being used by a certain presidential aspirant to advance his presidential ambitions.

The youths at Makutano who disrupted the meeting accused the CAS of fighting Governor Longanyapuo.

Kachapin who was speaking against Lonyangapuo was cut short by the youths forcing him and Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto to leave the podium.

They asked Kachapin to stop tainting the name of the West Pokot county government to gain political mileage.

Trouble started after Kachapin declared he will contest for the gubernatorial seat in 2022.

The youths told Kachapin to relinquish the government position and engage in full time politics.

They accused the former governor of having underground schemes to scuttle development projects being undertaken by the current county government.

They said that Kachapin and his brigade will face the wrath of the people if they continue engaging in politics every weekend.

Vasco Moru faulted Kachapin for employing youths on social media to fight Lonyangapuo.

He said the CAS has paid a morgue attendant at Kapenguria Hospital mortuary to record any death for the purpose of seeking sympathy votes.

Locals say the CAS is paying a section of MCAs in collusion with the third force comprising of Senator Samuel Poghisho, county speaker Catherine Mukenyang and deputy governor Nicholas Atudonyang to the fight county boss.

The youth leaders said that fighting the government and making it dysfunctional is fighting the West Pokot voters.

They said Kachapon is promoting tribalism in the county after he and other leaders paid some MCAs to shoot down the name of the public service board nominee secretary because the said nominee did not come from West Pokot county.

“The officer merited the job. Besides, there is no other qualified person in the county who applied but the members of the county assembly were compromised to refuse the name of the nominee on tribal grounds,” he said.

He said that MCAs confessed that they voted because of bribes and did not have valid reason.

“The MCAs have realised that their decision was not right. Some of them ignorantly voted thinking that one of the public board members will act as secretary to the board. The law, precisely article 64(I) of the county government Act prohibits unqualified person from acting in that office. It is apparent that if we wait for six months, the public service board members that they have so far approved will be receiving salaries,” he explained .

Last week, Kachapin feared to go for a function at Chelombai area after youths threatened to disrupt his meeting.