Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono and ODM's Micah Kigen


The handshakes across the country according to the Governor ought to be embraced to foster unity and social economic development.

"I have no issue having a handshake with my former political rival Moses Chang'wony, but if there is someone that I need to have handshake with, it is Mr Kiptanui. I have never seen him eye to eye and never met him since the end of campaign period," said Tolgos He said: " We need to shake hands with him and it should be in a church so that we pursue  unity and heal from divisive politics because of the nature of politics he engaged then that caused unwarranted divisions," he added the Governor.

The County boss was speaking at Turesia centre in Keiyo South on Sunday during a joint thanks giving service for nominated Member of County Assembly MCA Lorna Tanui and County Executive Committee Member  Abraham Barsosio that was also attended by Governor Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu),  Elgeyo- Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen,  Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) and Deputy Governor Wisley Rotich among others.

Local Members of Parliament Daniel Rono (Keiyo South) Kangogo Bowen (Marakwet East) and William Kisang (Marakwet West) and County Assembly Speaker Kiplagat Sabulei who were also in attendance underscored the need for an elaborate handshakes to the grassroots with the aim of
fostering harmonious coexistence and unity.

While shaking hands with Mr Chang'wony, Governor Tolgos said he had engaged the former Sasini Tea Chief Executive Officer in a meeting with Development partners in Nairobi to bring on board his development ideas.

“We have embraced everyone for the sake of unity and development of our county and that’s why we are even inviting Mr. Kiptanui and others to follow the same, “said the Governor.

Mr. Changwony appreciated the Governor for the gesture saying having won, there was need to recognize his leadership so that the Governor could deliver his development agenda.

“Now that maize farming is widely practiced in our county has become discouraging venture, we want our people to diversify with alternative agricultural practices such as coffee, tea, macadamia and avocado. This is the only way farmers can redeem themselves from poverty,” said Changwony.

He praised the recent move by the County government of Elgeyo Marakwet to enter into a partnership with development partners including the embassy of Slovak in an initiative that would see farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet engaged in contractual farming.

There was however light moment when  Raila Odinga’s point man in the region Micah Kigen hesitated to shake hands with Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono whom he accused of stealing his votes.


“Anyway even if he shortchanged me, let me shake his hand today just because of my Party leader started this handshake at the national level, “said Kigen.