West Pokot County Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo now says the Pokot community is no longer interested in being identified as part of the Kalenjin nation.
The Pokot has been among the eight sub-tribe that forms the Kalenjin Community. Other subtribe that makes Kalenjin community are: Kipsigis, Nandi, Keiyo, Marakwet, Sabaot, Tugen, Terik, Sengwer, Lembus, and Ogiek
Prof. Lonyangapuo believes it is time for his community to have its code rather than being described as a sub-tribe.
“The Pokot community is asking for their community code. The Pokot wants to have their identification code and that they should not be lammed as Kalenjins. We have been sidelined for years. If Samburus and the Massai’s are recognized separately yet they are the Maa Community why not us?” asked Lonyangapuo.
Lonyangapuo was speaking during the Azmio la Umoja West Pokot county chapter that was convened by the ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
The governor claims them being categorized as Kalenjin has continuously deprived the community of major governments goodies especially matters of development and appointments to government positions.
The Governor believes that with their own identity, his community will have a say in the division of the national cake.