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

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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/

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