By: Kariron Reporter
The simmering tensions between two neighbouring communities, Pokot and Turkana came as a boon for ODM in its effort to cut Ekuru Aukot to size.
The Thirdway Alliance party leader and his team have been visiting various counties to sell their Punguza Mzigo initiative and the reception has been good.
However, West Pokot county was hostile to them, mainly because poor relations between Ekuru Aukot’s Turkana people and the local residents, after whom the county is named.
But for ODM, it was a case of the old saying, my enemy’s enemy is my friend.
“West Pokot residents know how to separate imposters, idlers and hirelings from true leaders of revolution,” said Samuel Atandi, the ODM MP for Alego Usonga.
ODM is backing its own initiative, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which is a product of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
The Pokot and the Turkana have fought for many decades, may be even centuries, in what is largely an extension of traditional cattle raiding practices that have refused to go away.