A section of communities living in Uasin Gishu County now want a town constituency.
Speaking to the press Uasin Gishu The New Democrats Party(TND) Coordinator Kimani Wanjohi said the move will ensure that other tribes will have representation.
Uasin Gishu is a cosmopolitan County that is inhabited by all tribes.
“As communities who were born and reside in Uasin Gishu County we want a town Constituency which will ensure that we have proper representation and that services will be brought closer to residents. This will make other tribes living in the county feel represented,” said the Uasin Gishu TND Party coordinator while speaking to the press.
He wondered why some local leaders are against the process saying it will bring services closer to residents.
Building Bridges Initiative has proposed to have added three constituencies in the County.
“Uasin Gishu has six constituencies and soon we will have an additional three constituencies where is the problem when other tribes get one constituency as people from the town. We want public participation where all tribes will be included before coming up with the three proposed constituencies,” Wanjohi added.
He said the majority of counties that are cosmopolitan have a town constituency and wondered why Uasin Gishu is exceptional.
“Every County which is cosmopolitan has a town constituency such Kisumu Town, Nakuru town, Nyeri town which was created to represent the interest of other tribes living there why not Uasin Gishu,” he added.
Francis Wachira said the last time boundaries were reviewed town wards were merged with the rural ones forcing people to look for services in the village.
“Mwitirira and Bahati was taken to Kimumu ward, Kamukunji was taken to Kapsuswa ward which forces them to look for essential services in rural offices,” he said.
Jane Kimani Huruma ward resident said the town constituencies will ensure that the problems faced by people living in town are addressed.
“We want to have Eldoret Town Constituency by doing so this will ensure that we have services close to us,” she said.