Blow to Ongeri as running mate ditches him, joins UDA

Maaga told journalists he was implored to defect by Bomachoge elders.

In Summary

•Ongeri was attending a Gusii Leaders meeting with the president at Kisii State Lodge Wednesday when Maaga ditched him for UDA candidate Ezekiel Machogu.

•The 'defection' becomes the second to hit a governor candidate in Kisii in less than two months.

Kisii senator Sam Ongeri speaking a meeting with opinion leaders at a Kisii hotel
FILE Kisii senator Sam Ongeri speaking a meeting with opinion leaders at a Kisii hotel
Image: ANGWENYI GICHANA

DAP-K party Kisii Governor candidate- Sam Ongeri - has been dealt a blow after his running mate Josiah Maaga abandoned him.

Ongeri was attending a Gusii Leaders meeting with president Uhuru Kenyatta at Kisii State Lodge Wednesday when Maaga ditched him for UDA candidate Ezekiel Machogu.

The 'defection' becomes the second to hit a governor candidate in Kisii in less than two months.

KNC candidate Manson Oyongo had also suffered a blow after his running Alfred Ndemo deserted him for ODM's Simba Arati.

Maaga told journalists he was implored to defect by Bomachoge elders.

He said he had been "recalled by the elders" who had forwarded him to deputise Ongeri.

Eng Josiah Maaga in checked coat addressing journalists with elders on Wednesday August 3, 2022 after abandoning Senator Sam Ongeri ( BY MAGATI OBEBO)
Eng Josiah Maaga in checked coat addressing journalists with elders on Wednesday August 3, 2022 after abandoning Senator Sam Ongeri ( BY MAGATI OBEBO)

"I don't have the power on my own to make such a decision, I was only sent to deputise Ongeri with the same community that sent me there," stated Maaga.

Everything around the country stated Maaga, was being done communally and his decision to ditch Ongeri was collectively agreed upon by the same community.

Maaga said he would await further briefing from the same people that 'deployed me there'.

Part of the concern the community had with Ongeri was his failure to execute an effective campaign even as he sought the County seat.

Eng Josiah Maaga who ditched Senator Sam Ongeri for UDA's Ezekiel Machogu five days to the polls (PHOTO BY MAGATI OBEBO)
Eng Josiah Maaga who ditched Senator Sam Ongeri for UDA's Ezekiel Machogu five days to the polls (PHOTO BY MAGATI OBEBO)

"His campaign has largely been shoddy and lacking in vigour," said Maaga.

He said he already saw signs of losing the polls.

"We were losing and that is why I accept this decision to withdraw me from him so that we support Machogu," said Maaga.