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Turkana Central UDA aspirants bury the hatchet

There was joy at a Kingdom sanctuary church in Lodwar for UDA members after two aspirants for Turkana Central seat agreed to work together after a hotly contested nomination exercise that threatened to split the party members in the constituency.

Joseph Namwar and Festus Lorogoi agreed to bury the hatchet and work together to secure the seat currently occupied by UDA county gubernatorial candidate John Lodepe.

Namwar was declared the winner but Lorogoi felt the nominations were not free and fair and threatened to vie as an independent candidate.

There were complaints that both camps had damaged each other’s reputation so much in the campaign trail that it seemed that it was almost impossible to reconcile the two factions.

UDA Lodwar township ward candidate Ruth Kuya took the bull by its horns and challenged the two to shake hands in a church service yesterday.

The two shook hands but agreed that a committee with representation from both camps would sit and agree on how the two teams would campaign for UDA.

So vicious was the fight that the spouse of Governor Josphat Nanok, Margaret could not hide her joy after the duo shook hands.

“Indeed we have seen the working of God, the disunity between the two camps was almost denying us the Turkana Central seat,” she said.

UDA gubernatorial candidate John Lodepe said the unity of the two camps would now enable the county team to focus on winning the seats instead of fighting amongst themselves.

Lodepe will be facing former Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes of Jubilee party and Loima MP Jeremiah Lomurukai of ODM in the August polls.

He also unveiled his deputy governor Peter Ewaat who served as KNUT secretary before he joined elective politics.

Lodepe promised to improve education, security and healthcare if elected governor.

UDA settled on Benedict Lokamar and Cecilia Ishuu for Senate and Women Representative candidates respectively.

UDA Candidate for Turkana Central Joseph Namwar and Festus Lorogoi of UDA have agreed to work together to secure the Turkana central seat

Lokamar has promised to protect county boundaries, improve security, establish peace structures and ensure the residents get their share of the oil revenue.

On her part, Ishuu has promised to ensure that all residents are treated equally and are allocate their share of resources without discrimination.

Source:KNA

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