BOMACHOGE DECLARATION

Boost for Kisii UDA team as Bomachoge clan backs candidates

They received the blessings of more than 500 leaders drawn from two constituencies.

In Summary

• Machogu and Maangi were made Gusii elders.

• Machogu, the Nyaribari Masaba MP, exuded confidence that UDA team will carry the day in next week’s elections.

Kisii governor candidate Ezekiel Machogu, his running mate Julius Migos and senator candidate Joash Maangi on Tuesday
Kisii governor candidate Ezekiel Machogu, his running mate Julius Migos and senator candidate Joash Maangi on Tuesday
Image: ANGWENYI GICHANA

UDA candidates in Kisii have received a major boost after opinion leaders from Bomachoge Borabu and Bomachoge Chache constituencies resolved to back them.

The candidates Ezekiel Machogu (governor), his running mate Julius Migos, Joash Maangi (senator), Teresa Oroo (woman representative) and Duke Mainga (Bomachoge Borabu MP) on Tuesday received the blessings of more than 500 leaders drawn from the two constituencies.

The resolution was made after a day-long meeting at the home of Maangi, who has served two terms as outgoing Governor James Ongwae’s deputy.

Machogu and Maangi were made Gusii elders during the function at Riagongera in Bomachoge Chache.

“I want to thank you for honouring my invite and staying at my home for a whole day. I don’t take this for granted. I’m humbled by your endorsement, respect and responsibility bestowed upon me. I promise that this team will not let you down,” Maangi said.

Machogu, the Nyaribari Masaba MP, exuded confidence that UDA team will carry the day in next week’s elections.

“We have a formidable team that will deliver next week. We promise to serve the people of Kisii without discrimination,” he said.

UDA Governor candidate Ezekiel Machogu (Holding walking stick) with senator candidate Joash Maangi during a function on Tuesday
UDA Governor candidate Ezekiel Machogu (Holding walking stick) with senator candidate Joash Maangi during a function on Tuesday
Image: ANGWENYI GICHANA

The MP and his running mate Migos told Interior CS Fred Matiang’i to keep off Kisii county politics.

“We shall give equal opportunities and allocate development projects without discrimination,” Migos, a Nairobi-based advocate, said.

Machogu, Maangi and Migos drummed up support for Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid.

They also warned that any bid to interfere with next week’s election will be resisted.

Other governor candidates in the Kisii race are ODM’s Simba Arati, Jubilee Party’s Chris Obure, DAP-K’s Sam Ongeri and KNC’s Manson Nyamweya.

On Tuesday, Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga appeared to broker a truce among the coalition’s candidates during a rally at Gusii Stadium. He asked Arati, Obure, Ongeri and Nyamweya to shake hands.

Political pundits opine that the vicious battle among Azimio candidates would give Machogu a head start in Tuesday’s polls.  

In the battle for the senator’s seat Maangi will face Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka and former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara in a race which is seen as a three-horse race.

In the woman representative seat race, Teresa Oyioka will battle it out with incumbent Janet Ong’era and Dorice Aburi.

However, the race is seen as a two horse race between Ong’era and Aburi.

Edited by A.N 

UDA senator candidate Joash Maangi after he was endorsed
UDA senator candidate Joash Maangi after he was endorsed
Image: ANGWENYI GICHANA
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