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Homa Bay Governor chides opponents

Awiti was speaking at Rangwe Health Center when he commissioned a maternity ward which has been established at the facility by the county government and an international NGO operating in the county, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 05 Jul 2016 10:58 EAT

Homa Bay County Governor Cyprian Awiti has asked residents to be wary of the politicians seeking to oust him from the position, claiming that he is the best suited for the job. "The governor’s position needs a person who has served people in both public and private sectors, someone who can be trusted with public funds," said Awiti, who told residents of Rangwe Constituency that voting for any of his opponents would be tantamount to gambling with their votes.

After outlining the qualities that he said were needed in a good governor, Awiti said: “That is the person we can entrust with the county leadership if I must be voted out; otherwise I will not allow the county to be led by less experienced individuals.” He was speaking at Rangwe Health Center when he commissioned a maternity ward which has been established at the facility by the county government and an international NGO operating in the county, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

EGPAF, whose country director Eliud Mwangi attended the event, provided Sh15 million towards equipping the hospital. The NGO is engaged in AIDs prevention and research in Homa Bay County, which has the largest caseload of the disease in Kenya. Awiti, who was flanked by a number of supporters, said also that he needs a second term in order to complete the many development projects he had initiated.

While initially reputed as an invincible politician, Awiti is facing a tight re-election contest, with Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga and former intelligence official Sammy Wakiaga emerging as his main challengers.

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