The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Nyatike MP's Wife Enters Governor Race for Migori

A Nairobi businesswoman has declared interest in the Migori governor seat, heightening the stakes in the hotly contested seat.

Ann Anyanga, who yesterday attracted huge crowds when she landed in several towns in a chopper. She said her leadership will be about alleviating poverty in the county.

"With the new constitution in place, devolution is now a fact," said Anyanga. "We have to start afresh, 50 years after getting independence. It's this great challenge that has inspired my candidature for the position of governor," said Anyanga.

She was speaking at her homestead at Luanda where she was endorsed by the elders, church leaders, youths and women groups before making stopovers in Muhuru Bay, Wath Ong'er and Sori towns in Nyatike constituency.

The aspirant told her supporters that she will transform Migori county to be an industrial county that should be in the forefront of processing agricultural produce such as tobacco and sugar by-products such as juggery.

Migori is also famous for gold mining, which has been mined for many years at the Macalder mines. Although the gold is mined by small scale miners, there has been talk for a long time serious investment is required to upgrade the mines.

Anyanga said the county is blessed with sugar factories and huge tobacco plantations that can employ even more young people if the industries are properly managed and value addition is introduced.

"Today I sought blessings from elders and women in my constituency. I plan to launch my campaign in the second week of December," said the businesswoman. She said she will open her office in Migori town before starting a major campaign.

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