Ny­achae, Kian­goi set to lead Ju­bilee ral­lies in Kisii, Nyamira

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto has made 15 trips to Kisii and Nyamira since 2013 to woo the com­mu­nity to Ju­bilee. But Cord lead­ers dis­miss the trips as point­less

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Former Con­sti­tu­tion Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mis­sion chair­man Charles Ny­achae and East Africa Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly mem­ber Joseph Kian­goi will lead Ju­bilee cam­paigns in Kisii and Nyamira.

Ny­achae was picked to lead the team af­ter he was named in the na­tional cam­paign team. Kian­goi will be his deputy.

Nyamira county as­sem­bly speaker Joash Nyamoko was named sec­re­tary dur­ing a meet­ing in Nairobi af­ter the group met Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta at State House.

Oth­ers are Kisii Deputy Gov­er­nor Joash Maangi, who is fight­ing ex­pul­sion from ODM, former Ford Peo­ple chair­man Al­bert Nyaundi, Ki­tutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi, former Ki­tutu Masaba MP Wal­ter Nyam­bati and Nyamira gov­er­nor as­pi­rant Charles Mochama.

Kian­goi, a former North Mu­gi­rango MP and as­sis­tant min­is­ter, was nom­i­nated to the EALA by ODM but has since de­fected to Ju­bilee.

On Satur­day, Nyamoko said, “We have held our first meet­ings where we agreed on var­i­ous is­sues. We are go­ing to dis­pel per­cep­tions that Nyamira is a Cord strong­hold. This team is for­mi­da­ble.”

In the 2013 elec­tions, Cord leader Raila Odinga had 95,596 votes ( 66 per cent) in Nyamira, while Pres­i­dent Uhuru had 54,071, 29 per cent of the votes.

In Kisii, Raila had 236,831 ( 68 per cent) while Uhuru gar­nered 95,596 ( 27 per cent).

How­ever, the trend may change in 2017, Mochama says.

“The govern­ment has done sev­eral projects in the re­gion and this will sway vot­ers,” he said.

The move to leave out Kenya’s Am­bas­sador to UN-Habi­tat Sam On­geri is rais­ing eye­brows. Kisii Sen­a­tor Chris Obure, who has also in­di­cated he will ditch ODM, was not named in the team.

Lawyer Ed­ward Begi said, “This team is weak but that is an ad­van­tage to ODM. It will be very dif­fi­cult for some peo­ple who have never con­tested a seat to lead a cam­paign team.”

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto has made 15 trips to Kisii and Nyamira since 2013 to woo the com­mu­nity to Ju­bilee. How­ever, some Cord lead­ers dis­miss the trips as point­less.

ODM lead­ers from Kisii on Oc­to­ber 26 said the out­come of the Ny­acheki by-elec­tion in Bobasi con­stituency is an ex­am­ple of what will hap­pen in next year’s polls. They said the peo­ple of Ny­acheki, Kisii county, have shown how the com­mu­nity will vote.

ODM’s Naf­tal Onkoba won with 2,216 votes, while Ju­bilee’s Maxwell Magoma came sec­ond with 1,173 votes. Caleb Ong’uti was third with 979 and Na­tional Vi­sion Party’s Peter Mo­racha came fourth with 695 votes.

/FE­LIX KIPKEMOI

Former CIC chair­man Charles Ny­achae with Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto dur­ing a fundraiser at St Joseph Sec­ondary School, Mab­waita, in Sotik on July 18

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