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Thursday, 3 July 2014

POLITICAL RIVALRY IN KISII POLITICS




The political landscape in Kisii county is fast changing with indications that political rivalry among several political players within and without Cord coalition has backfired if the results of the Bonchari by-election is anything to go by. 

The big question that is in the lips of every Cord support is why Raila is losing grip of his Kisii political base. Analysts say political rivalry among political leaders has seen Raila and Cord humiliated in a number of by-elections. 

Word spreading in Kisii county blame it on a perceived secret war between Kisii Governor James Ongwae and his Deputy Joash Maanagi.  

 According to sources well versed with Kisii politics, Maangi has been causing jitters in Kisii politics going by the way he has risen up so fast in the political landscape. 

The political rivalry is claimed to have cost ODM the Bonachari seat in which Ford-People’s Zebedoe Opore won with 10,947 votes with ODM’s Oyioka Oroo coming a close second with 6,977 while WDP’s Charles Onyancha finishing third with5,171. 

The behind-the scene wars between the governor’s supporters and his deputy’s supporters has forced Ongwae and his team to burn midnight oil in trying to keep Maangi in check. Rumours that Maangi is preparing to run for the Governorship in 2017 has not gone down well with Ongwae’s supporters and has brought total confusion in Kisiii politics.