Kisii unity cau­cus in quandary af­ter poll de­feat, 2 de­fec­tions

On Mon­day, two MPs apol­o­gised to Raila Odinga an­nounced their re­turn to ODM: Si­mon Ogari of Bo­ma­choge Chache and Ki­tutu Chache South’s Richard Ony­onka

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It is back to the draw­ing board for pro­po­nents of the Kisii unity cau­cus fol­low­ing the crush­ing de­feat of their can­di­date in last Wed­nes­day’s Ny­acheki by-elec­tion.

The cau­cus has been cam­paign­ing for the Ju­bilee Party in Kisii county. ODM’s Naf­tali Nyaberi Onkoba won the poll with 2,216 votes, de­feat­ing JP can­di­date Maxwell Nyaanga Magoma, who got 1,173 votes.

The group’s prob­lems have been com­pounded fur­ther by two ODM de­fec­tors go­ing back to the Orange party. On Mon- day, MPs Si­mon Ogari of Bo­ma­choge Chache and Ki­tutu Chache South’s Richard Ony­onka apol­o­gised to party leader Raila Odinga and an­nounced their re­turn to the fold.

This was at a Na­tional Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil meet­ing in Nairobi. Se­na­tor Chris Obure and Kisii Deputy Gover­nor Joash Maangi are the only ODM de­fec­tors left in the group.

But Kanu Bo­ma­choge chair­man Nyaboga Basweti on Tues­day termed the re­turn of the two “in­con­se­quen­tial”. “Af­ter the crush­ing de­feat in Ny­acheki, they read the signs of the time and re­turned. The ground is clearly hos­tile to Ju­bilee,” he said.

Ki­tutu Chache South politi­cian An- thony Kibagendi said the Ny­acheki out­come and the re­turn of the two sig­ni­fies the death of the unity cau­cus.

“It clearly con­firms that Kisii is an ODM strong­hold. The by-elec­tion pro­vided an acid test for Ju­bilee but they lost de­spite Obure and Bobasi MP Stephen Man­oti hail­ing from the area,” he told the Star on the phone.

How­ever, JP’s Al­bert Nyaundi said the by-elec­tion and the re­turn of the two leg­is­la­tors do not mean the end of the road for the new party in Kisii.

“We don’t view Ny­acheki as a loss be­cause it has af­forded us an op­por­tu­nity to gauge our ri­val’s ar­moury ahead of 2017,” he said.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

For­mer CIC chair­man Charles Ny­achae, Ki­tutu Chache South MP Richard Ony­onka, Kisii Se­na­tor Chris Obure, Ki­tutu Chache North MP Jimmy Ag­wenyi and Kisii MCAs brief­ing medi in Nairobi af­ter they held talks with Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta at State House on Au­gust 4

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