By Politica Team
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago aka “the Rude Governor” as often referred to by UG residents, has been conniving with Eldoret Central Police Station to intimidate non-Kalenjin staff working in Uasin Gishu County, Politica has gathered. According to witnesses, Governor Mandago through his junior Kalenjin employees loathsomely oppresses employees especially the factotums who carry out menial jobs in order to have them quit and be replaced by Kalenjins.
Since Mandago took over as governor in 2013, more than 150 County employees have been coerced to resign or revert to early retirement due to intimidations from the Kalenjin employees who are also the majority. Sadly, almost all those are replaced by Kalenjins majority of them being Nandis from Turbo. Our Eldoret offices spoke to a former Uasin Gishu County employee and she narrated to us how the governor infringes the local authority by-laws by ordering the arrest of non-Kalenjin employees and locking them up in Eldoret police Station.
The former employee whose identity remains anonymous due to her security reasons expounded how she, together with other non-Kalenjins used to be threatened by the governor and his Kalenjin counterparts.
“The governor used to tell us to go back to our native counties and work there because we are madoadoa. Like in my case, she told me to go back to Kiambu County and seek employment there because Uasin Gishu County belongs to the Nandi community and other people under the Kalenjin Umbrella. As we speak my brother, a lot of Non-Kalenjin employees especially those from Western and Nyanza Provinces are working under abject duress due to intimidation from governor Mandago and something must be done ASAP.” She said”
“Can you imagine that the when destroying the Vibanda, the Governor told small scale traders in Langas, Huruma, Kahoya, Maili Inne, Kapsoya and Kimumu that it is time for them to go back to their counties and leave Uasin Gishu to their original owners? And sadly, as he chases other tribes, he forgets that there are Kalenjins working comfortably in other counties without anybody harassing them. Close to 50 County employees have been locked in Eldoret Police Station under the order of the Governor for non-existent crimes. Mandago has his Kalenjin employees who he uses to find minor faults in employees and sometimes order the Kanjos (County Askaris) to arrest them. He also warned us that should Kikuyus decline to support Ruto in 2022, what happened in 2007 was just a preamble of what will befall us” Added the witness.
According to the law, the only person who has a right to arrest and prosecute is the Kenya Police and not the County Council Askaris or Kanjos as they are commonly referred to by the locals. Anything short of that contravenes the constitution and the local by-laws.
Our efforts to reach the Governor bore no fruits because he declined to answer our call when we introduced ourselves on phone. We are working hard to get the National Cohesion and Integration Commission expound to us if they have received any claims from Uasin Gishu Non-Kalenjin residents.