Senator Chris Obure and group are misleading the Abagusii community
By Joseph Lister Nyaringo | October 21st 2016
It’s now clear that the pursuit of Abagusii Unity spearheaded
by Senator Chris Obure and former CIC chairman Charles Nyachae is
They began the unity crusades dubbed “obomo
bw’omogusii” with vigor, color, style and splendor; reminding the Abagusii
community the utility of being in government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta
after the 2017 election. They however failed to tell the people how sure they
are that Uhuru will be re-elected for a second.
First of all, I challenge Senator Chris Obure to
tell the people of Gusii what he has done for them in the last 46 years he has
been in active politics; serving in powerful dockets- Finance, Labor, Public
works and Foreign Affairs during the Moi and Kibaki Presidency!
Secondly, I want to challenge Charles Nyachae, why
he failed to use his legal prowess to lure Uhuru and Ruto to join Ford People,
the party his father used to herd the Abagusii community in a failed
presidential bid in 2002?
Disbanding an old political party like Ford People
to join Jubilee is not only puerile, but extremely illogical.
The trend of disbanding old parties to join
amorphous outfits merely for election not only serves political interests but
inhibits good governance and democratic growth in the country. Kenyans want to
see political parties become replicas of the ANC of South Africa, CCM of
Tanzania and Labor Party of Britain.
One wonders where the Party of National Unity (PNU)
which Kibaki used for re-election in 2007 and the National Rainbow Coalition
(Nark) which brought him to power in 2002 are today!
Statehouse delegations are not illegalities except
when they are turned to avenues for political favors and herding communities,
which is a travesty to democracy and devolution in the country.
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Of all the delegations to Statehouse, the one led by
Kisii Senator Obure and CIC was more dramatic than the ones from Ukambani,
Luhyaland and Coast. This is because; Obure plays oversight roles in the Senate
to ensure that devolution is strengthened at the Counties.
Secondly, Charles Nyachae was tasked with the
implementation of the current constitution and therefore should be more
informed since the current constitution is very clear on development and
regional balance in the allocation of jobs. Above all, Kenyan taxpayers have a
right to have access to development and get government jobs; political
Begging Uhuru and Ruto for these rights for the
people of Gusii is not only enhancing the politics of sycophancy but also,
ploughing Kenya back to the old repugnant days of Kanu.
Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi, seems to have
borrowed nothing from his studies in the USA, especially on governance and
democratic leadership. Instead, he is dueling on antiquated leadership
Practices which don’t conform to modern times. Maangi, has completely abdicated
his responsibilities and his main task is to undermine governor James Ongwae to
please his Jubilee masters.
While the Jubilee Party is making forays in Kisii
and Nyamira Counties, the ground has not been easy to penetrate. During a recent
funeral at Bobasi Sub County, Obure and Charles Nyachae were forced to cut
short their speeches due to hostility from a section of mourners who accused
them of misleading the community to join Jubilee.
Secondly, when Deputy President Ruto visited Gusii recently,
he was only received by the Nyaribari Chache MP Richard Tong’i and the Kisii
deputy governor. The rest who had expressed interest to join Jubilee party
chickened out. Who knows they have sensed that their dalliance with the Jubilee
government will dent their political careers!
The ODM renegades from Gusii land needs to remember
that blackmailing ODM leader, Raila Odinga, will not endear them to the
electorates who know how deep the Jubilee government has marginalized the
region. Majority of Kisiis who were displaced from the Rift Valley during the
Post-election violence never got any government compensation even after their
counterparts from Mt Kenya were given land and monetary compensation to a tune
of Kshs. 400,000 per person.
Like all other communities in Kenya, the Abagusii
stands strong in support of the Spirit and letter of Devolution, as enshrined
in Kenya Constitution, 2010. This is the surest way to enhance, advance and
promote the aspect of equality, equity, fairness and better governance in the
What is expected of our leaders is to strengthen
devolution through legislation, oversight, and increased allocation of funds to
counties by the national government.
Therefore, the unity pursued by Kisii leaders led by
Obure and Nyachae under the aegis of development sets a negative precedence and
if not curbed will alienate regions which didn’t vote for the current regime
and therefore render the current constitution irrelevant.
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