Clan set to an­nounce pre­ferred can­di­date for Kisumu gov­er­nor

The Dwond Kisumo clan from Kisumu West con­stituency says it is in talks with coun­ter­parts from Kisumu East, Kisumu Cen­tral, Nyakach, Nyando and Muhoroni

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Just who will be en­dorsed by the Dwond Kisumo clan to run for Kisumu gov­er­nor? Well, wait for an an­nounce­ment on Novem­ber 18.

Clan chair­man John Om­bija said Kisumu West peo­ple are par­tic­i­pants in a di­a­logue that will de­ter­mine of­fi­cials of the next county gov­ern­ment.

He said they are in talks with their coun­ter­parts from Kisumu East, Kisumu Cen­tral, Nyakach, Nyando and Muhoroni.

“At the back of our minds, we want to an­nounce our po­si­tion in the gov- er­nance and man­age­ment of re­sources in the county be­cause we be­lieve we have com­pe­tent and highly in­tel­li­gent peo­ple who can do that,” Om­bija said.

He said there is need for in­clu­siv­ity in var­i­ous po­si­tions. Mem­bers of the clan said in the last elec­tions, most of their peo­ple did not vie for key po­si­tions and were given a raw deal.

Lawyer Fran­cis Wa­suna said the coun­ties and the na­tional gov­ern­ment should be in­clu­sive.

He said res­i­dents should par­tic­i­pate in gov­er­nance and man­age­ment of county re­sources.

“As Kisumu West con­stituency peo­ple, we want to par­tic­i­pate fully in the di­a­logue that will form the next Kisumu gov­ern­ment,” Wauna said on Tues­day.

Those in the race in­clude Se­na­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o, WFP em­ployee Asaka Nyan­gara, ar­chi­tect Christo­pher Ondiek, banker David Wayiera, for­mer lec­turer Gor­don Okumu, busi­ness­man Hezron McObewa, sur­geon James Obondi and Deputy Gov­er­nor Ruth Odinga.

The Dwond Kisumo clan has urged county lead­ers to mo­bilise peo­ple to reg­is­ter as vot­ers.

“The county gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing the MCAs, MPs and sen­a­tors, should mo­bilise re­sources to en­sure peo­ple get IDs and reg­is­ter as vot­ers,” Michael Obadha said.

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Busi­ness­man Hezron McObewa

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Kisumu Se­na­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o

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Kisumu Deputy Gov­er­nor Ruth Odinga

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