Dwond Kisumo is a ghost clan – as­pi­rant

Nyakach MP hope­ful says it is only meant to cre­ate con­fu­sion and mis­lead res­i­dents

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MAURICE ALAL @AlalMau­rice

There is no such clan as Dwond Kisumo, Nyakach MP hope­ful Vin­cent Kodera has said. The out­fit is only meant to mis­lead res­i­dents to vote for the per­son for gov­er­nor, he said.

Yes­ter­day, the Star re­ported Dwond Kisumo chair­man John Om­bija say­ing Kisumu West res­i­dents are in talks with other clans to pick a can­di­date to run for gov­er­nor.

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

Om­bija said they have com­pe­tent and highly in­tel­li­gent peo­ple to run the county. He said Dwond Kisumo plans to take a po­si­tion on how the county should be gov­erned and man­aged.

But Kodera yes­ter­day said pro­fes­sion­als and opin­ion lead­ers should unite res­i­dents and ed­u­cate them to make wise elec­toral de­ci­sions, in­stead of form­ing ghost clans for pro­pa­ganda.

“The nonex­is­tent clan is fronted by a few in­di­vid­u­als. It should be re­jected, as it’s used by peo­ple with self-seek­ing agenda,” he said. “Ev­ery­body is en­ti­tled to form any group, but that should be based on de­vel­op­ment and po­lit­i­cal in­clu­sion.”

El­ders have en­dorsed a num­ber of aspi­rants for gov­er­nor. They in­clude Sen­a­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o, WFP em­ployee Asaka Nyan­gara, ar­chi­tect Christo­pher Ondiek, banker David Wayiera, for­mer lec­turer Gor­don Okumu, busi­ness­man Hezron Mc’Obewa, sur­geon James Obondi and Deputy Gov­er­nor Ruth Odinga.

Kodera said res­i­dents will pick their pre­ferred can­di­date based on com­pe­tence, in­tegrity and ca­pac­ity to pro­mote unity, not clan-based ex­clu­sion.

“It’s un­con­sti­tu­tional for some peo­ple to say they will de­ter­mine the next county gov­ern­ment based on clan. We must look for­ward to hav­ing an in­clu­sive gov­ern­ment,” he said. “We know the per­son whom those be­hind Dwond Kisumo want to front. They will be shocked when vot­ers de­cide.”

The hope­ful said for de­vel­op­ment to be re­alised, all clans must be in­volved in gover­nance. Kisumu has seven sub­coun­ties — Kisumu Cen­tral, Kisumu East, Kisumu West, Muhoroni, Nyakach, Nyando and Seme.

The for­mer Roads ex­ec­u­tive urged lead­ers to unite res­i­dents, in­stead of di­vid­ing them along clans. He said unity is needed to im­prove lives. Kisumu City Res­i­dents Voice As­so­ci­a­tion’s chair­man Audi Ogada echoed the sen­ti­ments. “We’re in­ter­ested in eq­uity in jobs and re­source dis­tri­bu­tion,” he said.

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