By Beauttah Omanga
The scramble for the Kisii votes is taking a new dimension; with leading presidential hopefuls wooing the community with promises to support one of their own win an important seat in Nairobi County.
State House contenders who have promised to stand by a Kisii candidate in Nairobi include Prime Minister Raila Odinga, his two deputies Uhuru Kenyatta, and Musalia Mudavadi.
First was Uhuru whose foot soldiers Ferdinand Waititu and Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko told a music extravaganza that TNA was willing to support a Kisii to capture a seat in one of the Nairobi constituencies.
Mudavadi, who traversed the two Omogusii counties a week earlier, told voters they should not confine themselves to Kisii, but take advantage of their numbers in major cities, including Nairobi, to gun for seats.
Raila on his part took the promise to the community during the recent Esagasaga night, a Kisii cultural gala, to challenge the community to field a candidate in any of the city seats promising his personal support.
“I am urging the Abagusii to identify one constituency in the city and ODM will preserve a ticket for that person,” the PM told an ecstatic crowd of revellers at Carnivore, Nairobi.
The PM heaped praise on the now populous community, which he described as hard working people who have substantially invested in the city, especially in real estate, transport, and the financial sector.
Raila, who enjoys popular support in Kisii and Nyamira counties, told his audience that ODM meant well for the community.
“ODM is your party. Forget those other parties. ODM is a national party unlike those others that are tribal based,” said the premier.
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