CS Machogu calls for Gusii consultative meeting to tame Arati and Osoro animosity

When South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro in black coat fought with Governor Simba Arati then Dagoreti North MP during the burial of Abel Gongera the father of former Kisii Govenor Joash Maangi at Tendere. [Sammy Omingo, Standard]

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has called for a consultative meeting of Gusii political leaders amid increased cases of political intolerance.

The meeting set for next week seeks to deescalate the animosity between Governor Simba Arati and South Mugirango Member of Parliament Sylvanus Osoro.

In a letter addressed to Arati and Osoro who doubles up as National Assembly Majority Whip asked for ceasefire between the two leaders ahead of the meeting scheduled for January 17 at a place to be communicated.

"The Gusii Community is concerned about the sporadic cases of insecurity and violence that have been witnessed in the region in the recent months," the CS said in the letter adding, "To get to the bottom of this disturbing matter, it has been decided that consultations be initiated among local leaders with a view to finding a lasting solution to this unacceptable situation that threatens to besmirch the good name of our otherwise peaceful region."

The letter is copied to Solicitor General Shadrack Mose, Kisii Catholic Diocese Bishop Joseph Mairura, Executive Secretary, Seventh Day Adventist Church South Kenya Conference Dr Paul Kiage and the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Kisii Head Dr Rev Moses Anyega Mogita.

Machogu's letter comes few days after one person was injured in South Mugirango and gunshots fired in the air after Arati and Osoro's supporters physically assaulted each other.

The clashes left four people nursing injuries.

The two leaders later called for tolerance saying development projects should not be turned into political competition.

Kisii County Commander Charles Kasses said police have launched investigations into the matter and would come up with a conclusive report soon.

Supremacy battles and political differences continue to hinder development agendas in the region as politicians take on each other after every election cycle.

Businessman cum politician Kevin Aruasa says Machogu's move is welcome.

According to Aruasa, the Gusii community needs proper political guidance.

"We need to go back to the drawing board and begin to appreciate the need to work as a team."

He said the region has plenty of resources and opportunities that can be harnessed for the benefit of the residents.

"We could be inclined to our political party inclinations to the disadvantage of our people. We have seasoned leaders who should stand firm and give us direction. It is not too late to forge that unity," said Aruasa.