‘My crit­ics are re­jects’

Homa Bay gov­er­nor says some MPs have been in of­fice for more than 10 years, but ‘have done noth­ing’ for the peo­ple. He says he launched projects be­fore tak­ing of­fice

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ROBERT OMOLLO @RobertO­mollo3

Homa Bay Gov­er­nor Cyprian Awiti has said his ri­vals are “re­jects” un­wor­thy of his po­si­tion.

He urged res­i­dents to re­elect him be­cause his ri­vals “have noth­ing to of­fer the county.” Awiti said he launched projects long be­fore tak­ing up the gov­er­nor’s seat.

“I am trusted be­cause of my good de­vel­op­ment record which I started be­fore the in­cep­tion of de­vo­lu­tion. Those peo­ple who want to un­seat me must first prove they are worth be­ing elected,” he said.

Awiti spoke on Fri­day dur­ing a fundraiser for Siany Mixed Se­condary School in Kabondo Kasipul con­stituency. MP Syl­vance Osele was present.

Awiti said, “Some of these peo­ple have re­tired from the civil ser­vice, while oth­ers have been in pol­i­tics for more than 10 years. We ex­pected them to quit lead­er­ship but they still want to jump into the gov­er­nor’s seat.”

He said he will solve res­i­dents’ prob­lems if re­elected. He urged res­i­dents to col­lect their ID cards.

“Our peo­ple have an op­por­tu­nity to choose good lead­er­ship through vot­ing, which can­not be done with­out the IDs, so go pick them up,” Awiti said.

Osele urged res­i­dents to vote for lead­ers who have launched projects. He urged res­i­dents to col­lect their ID cards, adding that he will tra­verse the county to ed­u­cate them on the im­por­tance of vot­ing.

“Cord wants to wres­tle Ju­bilee out of power and to do that, it needs votes. I want to urge the youth to get their IDs and vot­ers’ cards and elect Cord,” Osele said.

Four peo­ple have de­clared their in­ter­est in the gov­er­nor’s po­si­tion.

They in­clude busi­ness­men Sammy Waki­aga, Kasipul MP Oyugi Mag­wanga, Enos Bolo and Cos­mas Kanyadudi.

Mag­wanga is a strong critic of Awiti’s lead­er­ship, ac­cus­ing him of fail­ing to launch projects.

On Thurs­day last week, Deputy Gov­er­nor Hamil­ton Orata urged the youth to re­elect Awiti. He said the de­ci­sion of who should lead the county should be is­sue-based, not a mat­ter of “gam­bling”.

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