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November 20, 2018

I will run for Siaya governor – Gumbo

Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo after a special sitting in parliament on March 26, 2015. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo after a special sitting in parliament on March 26, 2015. Photo/Monicah Mwangi

RARIEDA MP Nicholas Gumbo has said he will contest for the Siaya governor’s seat in 2017.

Gumbo said he is confident he will defeat the incumbent, Governor Cornel Rasanga.

He said that “I have never lost in any political seat that I put focus on” and Siaya governorship will not be the exception.

“I talk to people directly when crisscrossing the region. This has caused jitters for Rasanga,” Gumbo said.

He said he campaigned for Rasanga in the last general election.

Gumbo said he defeated former area MP and then Foreign Affairs minister Raphael Tuju and later ODM party chairman John Mbadi for the Parliamentary Accounts Committee chairman.

“The same predicament will befall Rasanga come 2017,” he said.

He spoke on Friday at Aram market in Rarieda constituency during the groundbreaking ceremony to instal floodlights in local markets.

Gumbo said the vote bloc that Rarieda constituency delivered in aid of Rasanga in the by-election against William Oduol is the same he seeks to use to capture the seat in 2017.

Rasanga could not be reached on the phone for comment since he is away in Korea on official duty.

Gumbo was flanked by Rarieda CDF officials including John Obor Otieno (chairman), Peter Achar (fund accounts manager) and Samuel Okanda (coordinator) among others.

He said other floodlights will be installed at Misori Beach, Ndigwa and Lwak trading centres for Sh1.5 million each.

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