West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo has reappeared after going for close to three weeks without his County residents seeing him something that raised concerns.
Elgeyo Marakwet County Senator Kipchumba Murkomen on Saturday 16 January 2021 calmed the West Pokot County residents’ minds as he shared a picture of him and the County boss.
“This morning I called on Governor John Lonyang’apuo in his Nairobi office to discuss matters of peace and development between our two counties,” read part of Murkomen’s statement.
He added that the two agreed on intensified engagement and collaboration among leaders in the entire North Rift region to ensure that intra and inter-county conflicts are eliminated and mutual growth and development are realized.
This morning I called on Gov.@Johnlonyangapuo at his Nairobi office to discuss matters of peace and development between our two counties.We agreed on intensified engagement&collaboration among leaders in the entire region to ensure that intra&inter county conflicts are eliminated pic.twitter.com/FKJuRgIrhf
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) January 16, 2021
On Friday 15 January, Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio had asked the family of John Longangapuo to make a statement and communicate to the residents who were concerned about his whereabouts.
He maintained that the County residents should always know where their leader is all the time as he is a public figure and the county has closed down.
However, West Pokot Chief of Staff Elijah Kapelo assured the residents that their leader was fine as is expected to be expected back in the office next week.
He explained that the County Governor had gone for the Christmas holiday and had some bit of annual leave.
He mentioned that John Lonyangapuo on the radio on December 31, 2020, where he addressed the residents.
He added that the County was not closing down and its day to day operations have not been affected due to his absence and were still going the Cabinet executives were working.
He noted that when someone is on leave, it does not mean they are not working. He assured that the Cabinets were making sure the County’s work was going on smoothly.
Governor John Lonyangapuo was lastly seen in public on Thursday 17, 2020. This was after he had attended a function in Tapach Ward to distribute dairy cows to boost milk production in the county.
He then attended a meeting in Kanyarkwa and Sarmach areas with the elders. He later accompanied Frontier Counties Development Council at a farewell dinner for outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee at the residence of the Swiss Ambassador in Nairobi.