The pernicious rivalry between West Pokot John Lonyangapuo and Energy CAS Simon Kachapin has been reignited.
Lonyangapuo and Kachapin have clashed over the operations of Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN) Turkwel hydroelectric power plant.
Governor Lonyangapuo has threatened to shut down operations at the plant saying it has not benefited locals.
He argued that despite the plant being in county there is no electricity in most parts and that in parts with electricity they have been witnessing frequent blackouts.
“I am demanding answers from the relevant ministry over this or alternatively I shut down the power plant in Turkwel,”said Lonyangapuo.
Lonyangapuo also lamented that locals that were displaced to give room for the establishment of the plant in 1986 are yet to be compensated.
However Kachapin has maintained that the plant will resume operations, a move that has rekindled their increasingly bitter political rivalry.
“We want to ensure operations at the Turkwel hydro-electric power plant resume and we will be relocating staff who have been operating from Kitale town to the area,”said Kachapin.
He said the plant will start supporting various community development projects along the Turkwel corridor.