Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi is courting for the support of Governor James Ongwae as he eyes governorship 2022.
Maangi in order to adhere to the Building Bridges Initiative is set on picking two ladies to compete for the position of his deputy as he marshals support to succeed his boss Ongwae.
A lawyer by profession, Maangi who differed with his boss when the BBI team visited the Kisii region by proposing a raft of recommendations which were eventually adopted in the report is focusing on the Bogirango and Nyaribari clans which feel shortchanged since the advent of devolution.
Maangi recently joined Ongwae and other leaders in raising funds in aid of Bonyunyu SDA church where they drummed up support for the BBI.
Sources revealed that Senator Sam Ongeri is torn between going for gubernatorial seat owing to his development record and political networking or defend his senator’s seat.
Ongeri who hails from the Nyaribari clan is unnerved by the entry of Nyaribari Masaba MP Ezekiel Machogu in the gubernatorial race, even before serving one term in office where he has been using his influence to turn tables against the former ambassador to UN habitat.
If the planned marriage between Maangi and Ongeri to tame Machogu becomes a reality as is being touted, then the position of deputy governor will go to the Bogirango clan which has tried to win the position of governor and senator in previous elections to no success.
Ongeri and Machogu hail from Gesusu ward which is under the populous Boguche clan which is making the other sub-clans of Botondo, Bosigisa and Kamba nane watch in disbelief thus forcing them to join the wrestling to determine the weaker and stronger candidate.
It is said in some quarters that Maangi will be comfortable working with Ongeri than Machogu, despite the fact that they have been sharing platforms in public functions of late. Although Machogu is financially sound just like Maangi, he needs to work more in mobilising all the corners of Kisii county or else, he will follow former South Mugirango and West Mugirango MPs Manson Oyongo and James Gesami who deserted their voters and started campaigning for the coveted seat in Kisii and Nyamira counties prior the last general elections.
If Maangi, the only candidate from the Bomachoge clan picks his deputy from the Bogirango clan, then there will a balancing order from Ongeri’s Nyaribari clan with other clans being allocated that of women representative, speaker to the county assembly and chairman to the public service board.
If he picks one from the Nyaribari clan as his deputy, then they will face off with Ongeri in the ballot and even work an extra mile because the former Nyaribari Masaba MP has picked vocal Kitutu Chache South MP as his running mate which will put them on collission course.
Maangi controls the youth in the entire region and who have been behind his re-election with Ongwae in the two general elections and he will only need to reactivate his terminals on the ground.