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Sunday, August 20, 2017

I will work with all leaders regardless of parties, Ongwae pledges

Governor James Ongwae receives his certificate from returning officer Isaac Namlungu on Friday. /ANGWENYI GICHANA
Governor James Ongwae receives his certificate from returning officer Isaac Namlungu on Friday. /ANGWENYI GICHANA

Kisii Governor-elect James Ongwae has pledged to work with other elected leaders in the county regardless of political affiliations.

"Let’s remember that the people of Kisii County have bestowed upon us the responsibility to work for them,” said the Governor.

Ongwae who spoke to the Star on Saturday, a day after he retained the seat asked elected leaders in the county to join him in moving the county forward.

The Governor-elect committed to serve all without discrimination or regard to political affiliation.

He pledged to develop a forum where elected representatives will come together and share ideas on how to address the development needs of the people.

ODM clinched the senator’s seat through Sam Ongeri and the woman representative seat which was won by Janet Ongéra.

But it failed to win a single parliamentary seat.

In the county assembly, Jubilee Party will have the majority with 13 while ODM has 11.

Ongwae renewed his commitment to build a prosperous county for all and promised to endeavour to ensure all his pledges are fulfilled.

“I wish to commend the people of Kisii for the mature, peaceful and orderly manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the electioneering period,” said the Governor.

He won with 194,262 votes representing 51.2 per cent of the total votes cast beating senator Chris Obure to second position with 110,760 votes and South Mugirango MP Manson Nyamweya to third.

He challenged all County Government staff, to rededicate themselves to the task of service delivery.

“We have laid the ground for socio-economic development over the past five years. We cannot afford to remain on the runway any longer; we must take off,” he added.

Ongeri pledged to play his rightful role of ensuring resources flow from Nairobi to the county. “I will not relent in my pursuit for a better county and also play an oversight role,” he added.

Ongeri had 186, 688 votes beating former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara to second place with 118, 688 with former CIC chairman Charles Nyachae finishing a distant third with 71, 747 votes.

Ongera had 171,492 votes against second placed radio presenter Dorice Aburi’s 144, 973 votes.

She promised to be a servant leader and pledged to empower women, youth and women with disabilities.

"want to stretch out my had to my worth opponents to join me in developing the county," she said.

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