Blow to Raila as former MP James Gesami joins Uhuru

Immediate former West Mugirango MP James Gesami (standing) with NASA leaders including Raila Odinga, Governor John Nyagarama (left) and former Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire during a past function in Nyamira town. /ANGWENYI GICHANA

NASA has suffered a blow as former West Mugirango MP James Gesami has joined the ruling Jubilee Party. Gesami, who unsuccessfully sought the Nyamira Governor seat as an Independent, on Monday told The Star he has decided to support President Uhuru Kenyatta re-election.

“After I lost the governor’s race, I took a break from politics to soul search and consult widely. While at it, Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto approached me to support them,” said Gesami.

“Since I lost the acrimonious ODM nominations, NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga has not looked for me. I have decided to join Jubilee and support Uhuru re-election bid. It is no longer speculation.”

The politician lost the nominations to Governor John Nyagarama, who also defeated him when he vied independently.

Gesami will on Tuesday meet his supporters from Bogichora clan to formally inform them of his decision. The former MP on Sunday attended a meeting Education CS Fred Matiangi organised at Kebirigo High School in Nyamira county.

Immediate former Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire downplayed Gesami defection terming it “self-seeking”.

“Nyamira and the larger Gusii should stay on course in NASA. Across the country, every Kenyan is yearning for change and it is regrettable that some leaders can withstand challenges,” said the ODM treasurer.

“Gesami move is driven by personal selfish needs and satisfaction.”

The move by the former lawmaker is likely to boost the number of votes Uhuru will get in the county.

He will team up Matiangi Youth Fund boss Josiah Moriasi, MPs Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango) Jerusha Momanyi (woman representative) and Shadrack (Kitutu Masaba) in campaigning for Jubilee ahead of the fresh October 26 vote.


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