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Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 14:58 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The endorsement for the push for Omogusii unity by former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae, has been opposed by a Member of Parliament.
South Mugirango MP Manson Nyamweya said on Monday that people should be given their democratic space to choose leaders they want and not through coercion.
He addressed a press conference at Nyosia in Nyaribari Chache constituency after the burial of Nyachae’s first wife Esther where the former Minister had endorsed the plan.
He noted that despite having a lot of respect for Nyachae, he differed with him over the endorsement since the unity agenda was to compromise candidates aspiring for positions in the next year’s general election who include his son Charles.
“I have a lot of respect for Mzee Nyachae but I totally disagree with him over his move to endorse the push for Omogusii unity,” Nyamweya said.
“Kisii residents should be allowed to exercise their democratic right of choosing leaders they want not through coercion,” Nyamweya said.
The group that is pushing for the unity is led by Kisii Senator Chris Obure, deputy governor Joash Maangi and Charles Nyachae.
Speaking during the burial ceremony that was attended by hundreds mourners, Nyachae said that he sat with the leaders behind the unity talks in Nairobi where he endorsed the unity talks.
Nyamweya claimed that those who were opposed to the unity talks were not given chance to speak at the funeral.
“You realized that those opposed to the unity talks were never given chance to speak. A number of those who spoke are those behind the talks,” Nyamweya said.
Nyamweya who has since declared interest in County governorship seat, said that he better remains alone than join a movement that is pushing for selfish interests.
Among those who attended the ceremony include President Kenyatta’s sister Christina Pratt, Kitui Senator David Musila, Education CS Fred Matiang’i, Former roads CS Michael Kamau, KCB MD Joshua Oigara, CBK Chairman Mohamed Nyaoga and a battery of MPs from the area.
Nyamweya’s sentiments were supported by Nyaribari Chache parliamentary aspirant Ben Mogaka who said that the electorate is free to elect leaders from any party.
Mogaka said that he cannot understand the unity the leaders are trying to push for because the community is already united.
“People should be allowed to elect leaders from any party. Those pushing for the unity have vested interests,” Mogaka said.
Speaking at the ceremony Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka denied that they are pushing for the same because of selfish interest.
“We are not pushing for the Omogusii unity because we want positions. We are doing the same because we want our community to be recognized when it comes to distribution of resources and jobs by the National government,” Onyonka said.
Nyachae at the same time urged the community to support President Uhuru Kenyatta to recapture his seat in 2017.
Obure said that despite being the County ODM chairman he will be at the forefront in pushing for the unity of the community and support for the government of the day.
Elder Nyachae said that despite him retiring from active politics, he will not stop from giving the community political direction.