In Summary
  • On Saturday, four Elgeyo-Marakwet members of parliament threatened protests should the Sh21 billion dam projects be stopped.
  • On Monday, however, Mr Tolgos distanced the county from the MPs' threats saying their remarks were not representative of residents' position.
  • He said the dam projects are key to the county's growth so they should not be abandoned because of the graft claims.
  • The county chief also expressed confidence in investigative agencies and said they should be given enough time to do their jobs.

Elgeyo-Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos has apologised to the President for seemingly disparaging remarks by four MPs concerning the phantom controversial Arror and Kimwarer dam projects.

On Saturday, four Elgeyo-Marakwet members of parliament threatened protests should the Sh21 billion dam projects be stopped in the wake of corruption allegations in the tendering process.

The investigations have seen the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) question Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.

The MPs - Daniel Rono (Keiyo South), Kangogo Bowen (Marakwet East), William Kisang (Marakwet West) and Elgeyo-Marakwet Woman Representative Jane Kiptoo - warned that they would organise demonstrations against the government. 

'RANTING'

On Monday, however, Mr Tolgos distanced the county from the MPs' threats saying their remarks were not representative of residents' position.

“On behalf of the people of Elgeyo-Marakwet, we sincerely apologise to the head of State over political utterances by four MPs and a handful of MCAs, purporting to be speaking on behalf of the people on the ongoing investigations," he said.

"The rants do not in any way represent the views of the great people of Elgeyo Marakwet and its political leadership."

The county boss said the lawmakers ought to have shown the President more respect instead of issuing threats through the media.

“If the MPs were irked by perceived differences between the President and DP William Ruto, owing to the handshake between the President and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, they ought to have relaxed instead of ranting because Jubilee has mechanisms of resolving disputes," he said.

THE THREATS

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