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Migori governorship race takes new turn as Kuria elders turn backs on Governor Obado

The event at Nyamagenga Primary School in Kuria East sub-county last Thursday created a new dynamic in the race for the governorship, reflecting a change of heart by Kuria community elders who had endorsed Governor Obado in 2013.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 21 Nov 2016 20:27 EAT

Governor Okoth Obado at a past function.

The Kuria community that supported Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s election in 2013 could rally behind a rival aspirant in the next elections. Over 100 Kuria elders drawn from Abairege, Abanyabasi, Abakira and Abagumbe clans have endorsed Ms Anne Omodho Anyanga, wife of Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga, for the seat.

In an event held at Nyamagenga Primary School in Kuria East sub-county last Thursday, the elders created a new dynamic in the race for the hotly-contested Migori governorship, reflecting a change of heart by Kuria community whose members voted for Governor Obado in 2013 in the PDP party ticket. Ms Anyanga was accompanied at the meeting by elders from the Suba community.

An elder from Abairege clan, Isaac Wantae, explained that the community had decided to change its choice of candidate for the upcoming election after Governor Obado failed to honour the pledges he had made in 2013. “The current administration has been a disappointment. We needed factories for adding value to our agricultural produce like coffee and potato and milk products but there is no prospect that these will be realized under the current regime.”

The elder said Ms Anyanga should give his group the opportunity to choose the running mate for her from the Kuria community. The chairman of Abanyabasi clan elders, Mr Nyagusuka Magige, led the activities including the presentation of a traditional stool, a food basket (Kihee) and a Bible to Ms Anyanga, who was christened ‘Mbusiro’ to make her an adopted daughter. The word means ‘seeds’ in Kuria language.

“I thank the Kuria elders for their endorsement, and I will always have the community’s aspirations at heart ahead of forming the next government,” said Ms Anyanga, adding that she will will ensure all communities in the county are catered for in the distribution of government projects.

Other aspirants for the seat include former Minister for Energy Ochilo Ayako and a businessman Engineer Mark Nyamitta. Prof. Edward Oyugi, the ODM candidate for the seat in 2013, has not yet declared his candidature for the next election.

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