Mass exodus as Ongwae leads ODM leaders to Ruto camp

The ex-governor led a delegation of ex-MPs for talks with the President-elect.

In Summary
  • The departure is a major blow to Raila's camp.
  • The President-elect is keen to consolidate support ahead of his inauguration next week.
President Elect William Ruto with a section of Kisii leaders led by ex-Kisii Govenor James Ongwae at his Karen Residence on Friday September 9,2022.
President Elect William Ruto with a section of Kisii leaders led by ex-Kisii Govenor James Ongwae at his Karen Residence on Friday September 9,2022.

Ex-Kisii governor James Ongwae has dumped Azimio la Umoja boss Raila Odinga and crossed over to President-elect William Ruto's camp.

The immediate former governor on Friday morning led at least eight ex-MPs from Kisii and Nyamira county for a "partnership" meeting with Ruto.

The move could expose Raila's grip on Kisii politics after decades of dominance in the region.

"We have had a fruitful meeting with the President-elect and told him that we are ready to work with  him and support his government," Ongwae told the Star.

The former governor, a key ally of Raila, led the delegation that included ex-Kisii Woman representative Janet Ong'era.

Ongera is the former ODM executive director and key ally of Raila. She lost the Kisii seat to Doris Donya of Wiper.

Other leaders are; Ex-MPs Jimmy Angwenyi(Kitutu Chache North), Zepedeo Opere(Bonchari) Ben Momanyi (Borabu), Manson Nyamweya (South Mugirango), Zadock Ogutu (Bomachoge Borabu) and Stephen Manoti(Bobasi).

Nyamwenya is the leader of the KNC party while Momanyi is a Wiper member.

The Abagusii council of elders chairman John Matundura was also present as was former Transport Chief Administrative secretary Chris Obure and ex-Nyamira woman representative candidate Emily Nyagarama.

More meetings have been planned as Ongwae plots a bigger say of the Kisii community in Ruto's government.

"As a community, we are ready to work with the President-elect," Ongwae said.

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