Kakamega's 'prodigal' daughter
SEE ALSO :Raila: We must have a referendum“The CS is having her homecoming here in good faith, those reading mischief are misguided. She is not interested in the gubernatorial seat,” Welimo told The Saturday Standard. Ruto connection But Ruto’s presence at the event could fuel speculations as he is seen to be setting the stage for his 2022 presidential bid. Political analysts argue that the DP has a soft spot for Ms Mohamed as opposed to other politicians eyeing the governor’s seat, including Lugari MP Ayub Savula and Deputy Governor Philip Kutima. Notably, Ruto holds Kakamega and Western in high esteem since the region could be and remains a strategic voting bloc in his 2022 succession politics game plan. It will be the third time Ruto will be visiting Kakamega. He attended a homecoming for Sports and National Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa at the Mumias Complex Stadium on March 3 and another function in Likuyani the same month. Political analyst Martin Andati warns that Ms Mohamed could be a force to reckon with if she declares interest in the seat. “She was born and bred in Shirere in Kakamega and even attended Township Primary School even though she has not been close to the locals,” explained Mr Andati.
SEE ALSO :Ruto answers critics on harambeesAccording to him, the CS has endeared herself to the locals because of the infrastructure projects she has initiated. Besides, Andati said Ms Mohamed could easily build a strong political network to marshal the support she needs to capture the seat. “She has a strong financial muscle and cannot be wished away. She also has close relatives with strategic connections,” he added. For one to mount a successful campaign for the seat, he or she may need upto Sh500 million, which according to Andati, the CS has the capacity to raise. He said the homecoming could raise questions even though she (Amina) is yet to make her stand known. “The fact that she is from the minority Somali tribe doesn’t make her a lesser candidate. People could easily be swayed to elect her, going by the politics of the day,” he said. [email protected]