Ny­ong’o re­treats, rel­ishes new­found love for haram­bees

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

Kisumu Se­na­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o, the ar­chi­tect of the anti-haram­bee law, has eaten hum­ble pie and now par­tic­i­pates in public fundrais­ers he un­suc­cess­fully sought to reg­u­late.

He has been a fierce critic of public fundrais­ing. In the past two months, Ny­ong’o (pic­tured) has been ac­tively in­volved in high-pro­file events to raise money for groups.

He drafted and spon­sored the Public Fundrais­ing Bill 2014, a pro­posed law with far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions aimed at pro­vid­ing a le­gal frame­work for haram­bees.

The bill was passed by the Se­nate but shot down by the National Assem­bly on Oc­to­ber 5, send­ing it to the House Joint Me­di­a­tion Com­mit­tee to iron out con­tentious clauses.

A con­tro­ver­sial clause com­pelling or­gan­is­ers to ap­ply for a li­cence be­fore con­duct­ing a fundraiser was cited as the rea­son for its re­jec­tion.

Ny­ong’o is in the run­ning for Kisumu gover­nor. On Sun­day, Ny­ong’o was at Nyakoko Pri­mary School in Mi­wani for a fundraiser for needy stu­dents. “To­gether we can achieve more and change our county for the bet­ter,” he posted on his of­fi­cial Face­book page.

On Novem­ber 11, Ny­ong’o met boda boda rid­ers in Kisumu Cen­tral, be­fore head­ing to Nyakach for a fundraiser for And­ing’o Opanga Se­condary School.

“To­gether we can reach any height and achieve ev­ery goal we set. We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one who turned up,” Ny­ong’o said in his post after the events.

On Oc­to­ber 30, he presided over a fundrais­ing to pur­chase a mini bus for Ob­wolo Mo­to­cy­cle Sacco in Ka­julu Ward, Kisumu East sub­county.

“It’s one of the most or­gan­ised boda boda sac­cos in the county. We be­lieve their hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion and am­bi­tions should be sup­ported and en­cour­aged. We thank ev­ery­one who turned up to make it a suc­cess,” Ny­ong’o said.

Ny­ong’o will square off with in­cum­bent Jack Ranguma and hope­fuls Asaka Nyan­gara, Hezron Mc’Obewa and Deputy Gover­nor Ruth Odinga. All are seek­ing the ODM ticket. Oth­ers are David Wayiera, Gor­don Okumu and James Obondi. Former as­pi­rant Billy Kariaga pulled out of the race and is seek­ing to be Ranguma’s run­ning mate.

Ny­ong’o has been criss­cross­ing the county to pop­u­larise his can­di­dacy. In Au­gust, he re­ceived the back­ing of some elders.

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