Barely a day after former Un- Habitat ambassador Prof. Sam Ongeri defected from Jubilee to Raila Odinga – led Orange Democratic Movement ( ODM) party, leaders allied to Jubilee Party have scoffed at the move, terming it misinformed.
Former Constitution and Implementation Commission (CIC) chairman Charles Nyachae urged him to retire from active politics like former Cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae, who quit politics in 2007 after losing Nyaribari Chache parliamentary seat.
Addressing a prayer meeting for Kisii governor aspirant Senator Chris Obure and his running mate Albert Nyaundi at Magenche market, Bomachoge Borabu constituency, Nyachae accused Ongeri was ungrateful even after being appointed UN-Habitat ambassador by President Uhuru Kenyatta after failing to win Kisii senator seat in 2013.
Nyachae and Ongeri, who are both from Nyaribari, will face off for the senator seat in the August 8 poll on Jubilee and ODM respectively.
The former CIC chair appealed to the Abagusii to re-elect President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto saying the interests of the community at heart. He also said the ODM leadership led by governor James Ongwae had failed to deliver on its promises, adding that Obure, who will run a Jubilee ticket is experienced, qualified and focused to clean up the mess at the county.
Speaking at the function, Obure challenged Ongwae to account for more than Sh30 billion he has received from the National government in the last four years saying the pace of development in the countyis wanting, adding it was ironical that billions were pumped in the county and yet not much development has been realised in the county.
He said if elected governor he will embrace transparency and accountability in the in the use of public funds.
Area MP Joel Onyancha, who hosted Senator Obure and colleagues—Richard Tong’i (Nyaribari Chache), Zebedeo Opore (Bonchari), Simon Ogari (Bomachoge Chache), Elijah Moindi (Nyaribari Masaba) and several MCA delivered apologies for Stephen Manoti (Bobasi) and Jimmy Angwenyi, (Kitutu Chache North), vowed to ensure Obure and Nyachae are elected governor and senator respectively.
They expressed confidence that Uhuru and his deputy Ruto will be re-elected promising to campaign for them to win majority votes in Gusiiland.
Ogari said he had ditched ODM and joined Jubilee Party after realising his constituents were not gaining anything in the opposition.