Deputy President William Ruto’s visit to Nyamira county last week has unmasked the reality that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is a man respected just as he is feared in his own backyard.
Ruto’s visit has also exposed the region as sharply divided with differences emerging among elected leaders and area residents threatening the unity of the county.
Ruto suffered a major political blow after members of the provincial administration also joined a section of notable leaders in boycotting all the three functions which he presided over in the two constituencies in the county.
Elected leaders who are opposed to the DP’s candidature for the seat of presidency snubbed his meetings, terming them as inconsequential and a waste of their time and resources.
The DP started his tour at Nyaigesa Technical Training institute in West Mugirango constituency where he laid the foundation stone for the construction of the institution before moving to Nyamira town where he officially opened the West Mugirango constituency office.
At Nyageisa, he was received by the five MPs from the county with supporters and the area members of the county assembly. Chiefs, their assistants, deputy county commissioners and commissioners kept off Ruto’s functions, a clear indication that he had no blessings from the government.
Other leaders who also snubbed Ruto’s function were Nyamira governor John Nyagarama, his deputy Amos Nyaribo, Senator Okongo Omogeni, the speaker of the assembly Moffat Teya and a host of members of the county assembly save for the three MCAs Charles Barongo (Bomwagamo), Duke Omoti (Kiabonyoru) and George Mosiori (nominee).
The Nyamira legislators who accompanied the DP are Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Ben Momanyi (Borabu), Shadrak Mose (Kitutu Masaba), Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango) and Jerusa Momanyi (women rep).
Kemosi and Mose took issue with the county commissioner Amos Mariba whom they accused of being used by certain powerful individuals in the government to undermine Ruto’s activities. The two threatened to mobilize the county residents to reject the commissioner and his team by not attending their functions and not working with them in all aspects of life to accelerate development in the region collectively.
“If the commissioner instructs his juniors not to attend our meeting and those attended by the deputy president, then how does he expect us to work with him?” Kemosi bitterly asked.
When Ruto was opening the West Mugirango constituency office which is 10 meters from the county commissioner’s office, the commissioner Mariba was busy attending clients in his office.
South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro who accompanied the deputy president told the government at Nyamira sports ground in Borabu constituency which was the last function in Nyamira county before flying to Kisii county that denying Ruto security would not stop his grand match to state house.
Osoro told the state that even if they withdrew the entire security of Ruto, Kenyans would decide the next president of Kenya and give him security.
He said that the current wars which Ruto was being fought with by the same government agencies he was serving were healthy as they were testing whether he was up to the task or not.
Nakuru West MP Samwel Arama who is a native of Nyamira county and Kisii senator Sam Ongeri have dismissed Ruto’s visit to Nyamira and Kisii counties. Arama claimed the five MPs from Nyamira county who hosted Ruto to prepare for their exit from politics terming them as traitors of the Abagusii community.
Arama claimed that Momanyi, Kemosi, Mose Jerusa were Ruto’s hired guns to finish Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i whom the community has endorsed for the seat of presidency.
He said that it is wrong for his colleagues to be paid money by Ruto so that they sacrifice their own brother just because of politics.
Political analysts however argue that Ruto cannot be ignored when it comes to sharing of the Kisii votes since history indicates the community has never voted as a bloc.
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