The Tanga Tanga team from the Gusii community took their presidential campaigns for William Ruto to Nyamira county where they ruled out Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i becoming the next president of Kenya after the retirement of Uhuru Kenyatta.
The eight MPs said that they are sure that after the retirement of Uhuru, the deputy president could succeed him owing to his development record.
Currently, there are two political camps in Gusii land, one which has thrown its weight behind Ruto while the other group has been throwing its support behind Interior cabinet secretary Matiang’i.
They were hosted by their Gusii parliamentary caucus chairman Joash Nyamoko of North Mugirango included Innocent Obiri, Bobasi, Shadrack Mose, Kitutu Masaba, Alfah Miruka, Bomachoge Chache, Mathias Robi, Kuria West, Ezekiel Machogu, Nyaribari Masaba, Oroo Oyioka, Bonchari, Vincent Kemosi, West Mugirango and Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi.
While addressing faithful of St John Obwari Catholic Parish where they raised funds for the church’s development, they asked members of the Kisii community not be cheated that Matiang’i could be the next president saying he is politically inexperienced and has poor working relationship with other leaders.
They compared Matiang’i to a bull that cannot be milked and asked members of the community to rally their support behind Ruto who they likened as a cow that has a lot of milk it can give them if they support his bid.
The utterances made by Osoro were a clear indication that they are supporting Ruto because he is producing goodies unlike Matiang’i.
Other leaders who attended the fundraiser included 25 MCAs from Kisii and Nyamira and their former colleagues led by their chairman Beautah Omanga.
The group also claimed that Matiang’i has no respect for the leaders and questioned how then can he be entrusted with the country’s top seat.
They also used the occasion to tear into the leaders from Nyamira county who were supporting the leadership of Matiang’i terming them politically blind.
Those in the CS’s camp are women reps Jerusha Momanyi and Janet Ong’era of Nyamira and Kisii respectively, senators Sam Ongeri and Erick Mogeni, Kisii and Nyamira together with the governor from the two counties and MPs Richard Tong’i of Nyaribari Chache, Richard Onyonka, Kitutu Chache South, Ben Momanyi, Borabu and Jimmy Angwenyi, Kitutu Chache North.
Maangi said there is urgent need for Gusii people to come together and have a common political voice and insisted that only elected leaders can show the people such direction.
Obiri on his part said a clear method of identifying a spokesperson of the Gusii people will only be done by the political class, dismissing the allusion by their rivals that Matiang’i is fit for the post.
Nyamoko and Mose noted that the group of politicians supporting the deputy president is only doing so because of the shared vision of the DP in realising development for the people