The race to dethrone Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o is fast gaining momentum, with a team of former allies ganging up to uproot him.
The team comprising of Senator Fred Outa, former Governor Jack Ranguma, Chief Administrative Secretary Ken Obura, former Speaker Onyango Oloo and former Chief of Staff Patrick Ouya has since unveiled a strategy which it says ‘must get Nyong’o out of power’.
The team christened ‘Team Unbwogable’ on Sunday, February 6, held a major rally in Ahero where it hinted at a grand strategy with a plan B in place.
According to members of the team, they will support one amongst them to face Nyong’o in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party primaries in April.
Should Nyong’o go through, they will unveil another member of the group to face Nyong’o in the August 9, election on another outfit.
“Our coming together is a sign that Nyon’go must go. There will be no Thurdibuoro this time round,” said Outa.
“We will field one candidate to face Nyong’o in ODM. Kama wataleta nyokonyoko (should there be any mickey mouse games), we will unveil another candidate to face him at the main ballot,” said Outa.
In a resolution read on behalf of the team by Oloo, they agreed to pull resources and mount formidable campaign for one of them.
“Our basis for removing Nyong’o is not for the sake of changing leadership. It is based on his failure as a leader to deliver on the promises he made to the people of Kisumu,” said Oloo.
He mentioned drop in revenue collection from Sh1 billion during Ranguma’s regime to less than Sh800 million during Nyong’o reign.
He noted that the Auditor General report has painted a sorry state of utilization of development funds in the county, an issue which he claimed has not been explained by the current regime.
“He promised that Kisumu will stop walking with the chicken and start flying with the eagles. Today we wish we were chicken. We cannot even see where the eagles are flying,” he added.
Apart from Ranguma, the other members of the team were allies of Nyong’o ahead of the 2017 general election, but soon broke ranks with him following what was reported to be betrayal.
“Today Kisumu is a shell of its former self. We are a group interested in restoring the glory of this county,” said Ranguma.
He added: “I am ready to have my photo back to the wall of the office of the Governor.”