The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Siaya Power Brokers Spark Kisumu Dispute

A silent political war is simmering in Kisumu between Siaya political elite and their Kisumu rivals. A clique of Siaya politicians are placing themselves in strategic positions in Kisumu to benefit from the new county government.

Sources intimated that ODM Kisumu governor nominee Jack Ranguma is under pressure pressured to appoint hand picked individuals.

Top on the list is Prime Minister Raila Odinga's sister Ruth Odinga, whom we have reliably learnt was forced on Ranguma's camp as his running mate.

"When Ranguma was presenting his documents to the IEBC, he was shocked to learn, from the returning officer, that ODM had already sent the name of his running mate,," said one of his campaigners.

Ruth Odinga was a governor aspirant but pulled out after violence broke out in Kisumu and its environs after word went round that she had won the nominations.

It is also alleged that a list of the executive committee to be appointed by Ranguma once he takes office is also in circulation by Odinga's supporters, but he has dismissed it.

Ranguma supporters, who have Kisumu senator candidate Anyang' Nyongo on their side, are pointing an accusing finger at Lands Minister and Siaya senator candidate James Orengo and Gem parliamentary candidate Jakoyo Midiwo of meddling in Kisumu politics.

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