Uhuru re-organises Nyanza campaign team
President Uhuru Kenyatta has now moved to re-organise his troops in Luo-Nyanza following the defection of former TNA secretary general Onyango Oloo to the Opposition.
Former Rarieda MP Raphael Tuju, who is currently the head of Jubilee’s presidential secretariat, Nominated Senator Joy Gwendo, Rachuonyo MP James Rege and lawyer Ambrose Weda are among the president’s new point- men in the region.
Atieno Atieno, chairperson of the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake, Kisumu county is also part of the new team which has been mandated to get as many votes for Uhuru as possible in the August election.
Atieno was one of the aspirants for Kisumu governor seat on the ODM ticket in the 2013 poll but lost in the nominations to Governor Jack Ranguma.
Gwendo told People Daily they have already hit the ground to solicit votes for Uhuru. “Yes, we have already started work and I can assure you we will get more votes for President Uhuru like never before,” she said.
Gwendo and Weda will be in charge of Kisumu county while Rege and Tuju will take care of Homa Bay and Siaya counties respectively.
The People Daily also, reliably learnt, that the President is, however, cautious following Oloo’s defection. “The boss was furious with Oloo’s defection and this time, he is very cautious on who he is dealing with, when and where and how,” an MP allied to Uhuru who sought anonymity said.
Oloo defected with a number of Jubilee supporters from the region and announced he would ensure the party fizzles out. Oloo has, however, dismissed the new team and termed them as “a bunch of losers”.
“What value is Rege to the President anyway because he would not even retain his seat? And who doesn’t know that Gwendo is an opportunist?” he said.
But Rege confirmed the formation of the JP team whose mandate, he said, will be to campaign for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. He, however, said the JP Secretariat “will soon” assign specific roles to the team members.