Ranguma gives Sh1m reward to ward with best voter listing
I will mobilise residents to register in large numbers to ensure ODM forms the next government, the governor told a delegates meeting in Kisumu attended by Joho
Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma has honoured his promise to give Sh1 million to the ward that topped in mass voter registration in the county.
Ranguma made the promise during the February 2016 mass voter registration project — that the ward with the highest registrations would be rewarded.
He said the initiative was aimed at encouraging voters to come out.
Ranguma gave the Sh1 million cheque at an ODM delegates conference at Citam Hall in Kisumu on Saturday.
The cheque was presented to ODM officials led by deputy leader and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.
The party will decide on the ward to be awarded after analysing the data.
Ranguma said he is committed to supporting the party to ensure leader Raila Odinga becomes the next President.
“I will mobilise residents to register in large numbers to ensure ODM forms the next government,” he said.
Ranguma urged Nyanza politicians to avoid cheap politics that can affect Raila’s chances of winning.
“We should focus our energy on the goal of forming the next government. Political competition should be issue-based, rather than engaging on witch-hunt and propaganda,” he said. More than 400 delegates attended the conference led by Joho and other party leaders before heading for a roadshow and rally in the Kirembe Grounds.
Joho urged leaders from Nyanza and Western to conduct mass voter education.
He said the best way to vote out Jubilee is through voter registration.
The Mombasa governor said MPs, MCAs, governors and senators should ensure all voters are registered. After the delegates meeting Joho headed to Kirembe with several ODM-branded vehicles, causing traffic snarl up on the Kisumu-Nairobi and Kisumu-Busia roads.
On Friday, he received an over- whelming welcome as he traversed the city from the Kisumu International Airport to the CBD. Supporters gathered on roadsides, waving and cheering.
Governors Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya) and Migori’s Okoth Obado attended the delegates meeting.
Others present were senators Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu), Agnes Zani (nominated) and Elizabeth Ongoro (nominated).
National ODM party chairman John Mbadi, MPs Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Elijah Memusi (Kajiado Central), Millie Odhiambo (Mbita) and woman reps Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) and Mishi Mboko (Mombasa) attended.
Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma presents a dummy cheque for Sh1 million to ODM leader Hassan Joho (second left) at Citam Hall on Saturday/