New Kisumu bloc to an­nounce gover­nor hope­ful Novem­ber 18

‘We are ex­ploit­ing avail­able op­por­tu­ni­ties and if we find no suit­able can­di­date among those who have de­clared in­ter­est, then we will front the per­son ca­pa­ble’

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Pro­fes­sion­als from three Kisumu sub­coun­ties and non-na­tives will meet on Novem­ber 18 to de­cide who to back for gover­nor.

The pro­fes­sion­als are from Kisumo (Kisumu West), Ka­julu (Kisumu East), Nyakach. The bloc is chaired by lawyer Fran­cis Wa­suna and busi­ness­men Jack­son Misumi and Vic­tor Maina.

The group has met three times to dis­cuss in­ter­ested can­di­dates and dis­tri­bu­tion of seats. They in­clude for­mer Nyakach MP Peter Odoyo and for­mer Kisumu county ex­ec­u­tive for roads Vin­cent Kodera. Oth­ers un­der con­sid­er­a­tion are Prof Larry Gumbe and for­mer Kisumu Town MP Ken Nyagudi.

“We are ex­ploit­ing avail­able op­por­tu­ni­ties. If we find no suit­able can­di­date among those who have de­clared in­ter­est, then we will front the per­son most ca­pa­ble,” Kodera said yes­ter­day.

“As pro­fes­sion­als and opin­ion lead­ers from var­i­ous sub­coun­ties, we are ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing a can­di­date fi­nan­cially, morally and po­lit­i­cally.”

As­pi­rants in­clude Se­na­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o, WFP em­ployee Asaka Nyan­gara, ar­chi­tect Christopher Ondiek, banker David Wayiera, for­mer lec- turer Gor­don Okumu, busi­ness­man Hezron McObewa, sur­geon James Obondi and Deputy Gover­nor Ruth Odinga.

Kodera said for ef­fec­tive gov­er­nance, all res­i­dents must be en­gaged in county lead­er­ship. The Nyakach par­lia­men­tary as­pi­rant said the bloc is purely for de­vel­op­ment and po­lit­i­cal in­clu­sion.

He said it will cul­mi­nate in a po­lit­i­cal agree­ment that will usher in an in­clu­sive govern­ment, un­like the cur­rent one.

Kodera said the Kisumu County Di­as­pora group, which has com­plained of be­ing side­lined by the cur­rent lead­er­ship, can­not be ig­nored, as it has 200,000 vot­ers.

/JUS­TUS OCHIENG

Kisumu Se­na­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o, Gover­nor Jack Ranguma and Deputy Gover­nor Ruth Odinga at the Jomo Keny­atta Sports Ground in Kisumu on May 12

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