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How Ex-Powerful Nyanza MP Has Made Big Gamble By Dumping Raila For Ruto

President William Ruto with former Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno and Rarieda's Nicholas Gumbo ( Photo Courtesy)

On Sunday, as President William Ruto made his first ever trip of Nyanza as Kenya's President, former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo was conspicuously present.

Gumbo, a two-time Rarieda MP is among the political heavyweights in Nyanza region who have fallen out with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Raila, the undisputed Nyanza region political kingpin, has controlled the region's politics for the last quarter a century. All those who have dared to oppose him have perished. Will Gumbo survive?

In a region where loyalty to Raila is a sure way to remain politically relevant, Gumbo's decision to switch camps to back Ruto could be the most dangerous political decisions he has ever made. Going forward, the move will either make or break him!

Having lost twice in the race for Siaya Governor after running against an ODM party candidate, Gumbo's latest move could prove suicidal.

In 2017, he ran against Cornel Rasanga and lost. In 2022, he lost against Raila-backed James Orengo. Feeling betrayed, he has decided to work with Dr Ruto, the man who denied Raila the presidency in 2022.

Going forward, the former Public Accounts Committee chairperson finds himself as a marked man in Nyanza. But will he be the man who will topple Raila in Nyanza? Or will he pay the ultimate price?

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