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Governor Nyong'o Slowly 'Sliding' into Senator Fred Outa's Trap

Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o (R) and Senator Fred Outa (L) in the past. Photo/Courtesy

Kisumu Governor Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and Senator Fredrick Otieno Outa are men on a political warpath.  

Publicly, the two leaders have shown more than once that they are capable of tearing each other apart, if they happen to meet at a dark alley along one of Kisumu’s streets.

Governor Nyong’o is a man of many firsts. He is the first man in Nyanza to serve as Senator (2013-2017), then Governor (2017 to date) within two subsequent election cycles.

He has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for the defunct Kisumu Rural, now Seme Constituency.

The Professor has served as Minister for Medical Services, and Secretary General (SG) of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party among other positions; feats Senator Outa can only dream off. Senator Outa is reportedly planning to unseat Governor Nyong’o in 2022.

In order to try and match Nyong’o’s heavily loaded Curriculum Vitae (CV), the Senator is setting the governor up for failure by poking his nose every now and again, and the first-term governor is desperately falling for the Senator’s mind games.

Governor Anyang' Nyong'o. Photo/Facebook

The former Nyando MP is rallying the people of Kisumu against the governor by making claims which stirs up public anger against Nyong’o, and the governor seems to be slowly but surely sliding into the Senator’s trap.

Last weekend, the two leaders clashed at a public function once again, after Devolution Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eugene Wamalwa and his Water counterpart Sicily Kariuki cancelled their Western region visit over leadership wrangles.

The two Cabinet Secretaries were expected to assess the impact caused by floods especially in Nyando, where over 30, 000 have been left homeless after their homes were swept away. 

The Nation quoted Governor Nyong’o telling hundreds of Kisumu residents displaced by floods that the Saturday visit was cancelled because of bad weather in Nairobi.

“CS Wamalwa has just called to inform me that they arrived at Wilson Airport early in the morning but advised not to fly due to bad weather,” the governor was quoted by the Paper.

Outa however had a different version of the Wamalwa, Kariuki script. “The Cabinet Secretaries, among other top government officials were already at the airport but were repulsed by our own governor,” Outa said drawing an angry reaction from Nyong’o. The crowd jeered the governor, and cheered the Senator.

It is alleged that Governor Nyong’o vowed not to allow Wamalwa and Kariuki to visit the County, after Outa and Kisumu Women Representative Rozaah Buyu allegedly failed to consult him while inviting the two ministers.

Senator Fred Outa. Photo/Courtesy

Whether Nyong’o and Outa’s differences are ideological or have the interests of Kisumu residents at heart is a story for another day. However, one thing is clear; it may take ages to reconcile Nyong’o and Outa.

The two leaders were close buddies ahead of the 2017 general elections, but things started to change after they were elected. Truly, there is no permanent enemy or friend in politics.

Previous efforts by ODM Party leader Raila Odinga to bring them together hit a dead end. The only person who stands to lose in this war of chest-thumping is the governor. 

He swore to serve the people of the great County of Kisumu; not to fall in the trap of the man who is reportedly seeking to unseat him. The sooner he realizes that, the better for him and the people of Kisumu.

 


  


 


 


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