Kisii county has been giving almost a fair share of their support to past presidential candidates. However, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has been leading slightly since 2013.
The county is situated in Nyanza, a region which political pundits consider as ODM stronghold. Nevertheless, despite Raila bagging majority of the support from Kisii in every presidential election he participated in, few elected leaders have been elected on the party.
In 2017, only governor James Ongwae, senator Prof Samuel Ongeri, Women Representative Janet Ongera and a number of Members of County Assembly (MCAs) were elected on ODM tickets. Nontheless, when Bonchari MP John Oroo passed on last year, the constituents elected Pavel Omieke to replace him using the Raila-led party. This enabled the political outfit to have the first elected National Assembly lawmaker in Kisii.
2022 Politics And ODM's Inroads To Kisii
The date for 2022 general election is fast approaching and political groupings are making inroads to different parts of the country to canvass for support in advance.
Kisii county is among the aforementioned areas since it is vote-rich. Their support can change fortunes of prospective State House race contenders. Also, local leaders in the county are not taking things for granted as they plead with residents to rally behind them.
Besides presidential aspirants like deputy president Dr William and Raila, there are gubernatorial, senatorial, MP and MCA seats hopefuls.
Ongwae will be calling it a day in the gubernatorial race and this would give aggressive prospective successors an opportunity to try their lack in taking after him. They include Ongeri and Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati.
Well, majority of the governorship contestants have chosen ODM as their political vehicle that would propel them to office. This implies that they will be among individuals who could turn Kisii as an entirely ODM zone before 2022. There are two critical MPs who would make this a reality;
1). Simba Arati
He is the most ardent defender of ODM and Raila. He has declared interest in succeeding Ongwae in 2022. He is currently popularizing the party at grassroots as he campaigns for his bid.
2). Richard Momoima Onyonka - Kitutu Chache South MP
Onyonka has ditched FORD-Kenya for ODM and he will be defending his seat in 2022. He markets ODM together with Arati.
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