Leaders allied to Jubilee party in Kisii County led by Senator Chris Obure and their rival ODM led by Governor James Ongwae staged a show of political might in the area ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Tuesday and Wednesday trip.
Early on Monday morning Obure with other Jubilee leaders; MPs Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache North), Joel Onyancha (Boamchoge Borabu), Richard Tongi (Nyaribari Chache), Zebedeo Opore (Bonchari), County MP Sally Otara, Stepehn Manoti (Bobasi) and aspiring senator Charles Nyachae abandoned their official cars to ride on motorbikes along Kisii town streets.
The group left one of the Hotels in Kisii on motorbikes with the cars behind and headed straight to the Kisii County Commissioner’s office where they held a closed door meeting for the better part of Monday morning. Over 300 motorbikes were also on the convoy with the youths chanting anti Ongwae slogans.
The team later left for undisclosed place where they are said to have met to lay strategies ahead of The President’s visit. In a quick move, Governor Ongwae assembled some of his senior advisors and supports at the Kisii Agricultural Center to counter Jubilee’s early show in the town.
Flanked by a section of Kisii town business people, Governor Ongwae said the community welcomes President Uhuru to the region. “We are not afraid of anybody. This is an opposition zone and we are ready to retain majority votes,” said Governor Ongwae. Ongwae’s team later assembled more than 100 motorbikes and moved along the major streets in Kisii town.
The political battle between Governor Ongwae and Senator Obure is gaining momentum with the two already exchanging bitter words. Governor Ongwae claims Obure has worked in the government for more than 30 years and should tell Kisii residents what he has been to achieve all that time.
“Obure has been in politics for more than 40 years but still wants to fight for having stayed in power for five years. Am prepared to face them,” said Ongwae. On Sunday while addressing boda boda riders and Kisii town business people in a Kisii hotel, Obure claimed governor Ongwae had embezzled millions of money.
“We must be told how the county government has spent its allocation from the National Government. There is nepotism in the manner employment opportunities were given. Some people employed their concubines when deserving residents missed out on the opportunities,” said Obure.