Kakamega county boss Wycliffe Oparanya has launched a scathing attack on Kisumu senator Anyang’ Nyongo over his gubernatorial ambitions.
Speaking on Saturday in Kisumu West at the burial of the city’s environment director, Thomas Sweta, Oparanya said Nyongo should focus on his current job because he is too old to contest for governor.
”We work till midnight. With Nyongo’s age… Will he really manage the kind of job we do?” he asked.
”Tell Nyongo to shelve his bid and stick to the Senate role. I am the deputy party leader… Tell him I have said so because he should listen.”
The ODM deputy party leader acknowledged Senator Nyongo to be his friend and even commended him for job well done at his role.
He, however, urged the county’s residents to give Governor Jack Ranguma a second term, saying he needed to complete his development projects. He also added that two terms ensure stability and success of devolution.
”Since the inception of devolution, we have spent three and a half years putting structures in place. It is, therefore, necessary that we be re-elected to fully deliver.”
The Kakamega chief then widened the focus from Senator Nyongo to ambitious senators who aim to replace governors.
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He accused them of being selfish and self-centered, saying their jobs had structures in place since independence, unlike the governors who should be given time to build structures.
”Senators did not know what governorship entailed. They thought the governor was the chairman of the county council,” he lamented.
”They are now all over the place trying to become governors,” he said, pointing out Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale, who is trying to unseat Oparanya.
Along with Senator Khalwale, Wycliffe Oparanya would be going against businesswoman Marble Muruli and former medical services minister Amukowa Anangwe.
Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma will be vying against a long list of hopefuls including Senator Nyongo, businessman Hezron McObewa, Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga, UN WFP employee Asaka Nyangara and architect Christopher Ondiek among others.