Charles Nyachae who used to be the ‘third principal’ during the heyday of the Grand Coalition Government but has since lost his constitutional mojo (or maybe Uhuru no longer ‘breaks’ the constitution) reacted angrily to insinuations carried in the Standard Newspaper and alleged to have been uttered by Kisii County Deputy Governor Joash Maangi.
The short (and wide) of it is that Maangi accused Nyachae of meddling in the just concluded Nyaribari Chache elections where, before the ejection of Â junior Nyachae’s father, used to be a political fiefdom of the Nyandusi family. ODM lost the elections to the resurgent Ford People, throwing everyone, including CORD supremo Raila Odinga, back to the drawing board.
All indications are that the Nyachae Jr has continuously shown 2017 ambitions, which, apparently, is sacrilegious in Nyanza, considering Â the storm after one Dr Evans Kidero rained money in Harambees in the ‘other’ Nyanza. Granted, Nyachae has not massively fund-raised but the name alone is sending sleepless nights to the ODM outfit currently managing Kisii County government.
May be this is just one of the usual clan wars in the Gusii highlands. However, it better be fought without dragging the party, ODM, which, in this writer’s view, should remain ‘open’ for everyone to come and join whenever elections are called. But that’s here nor there.
Here is what the son of Nyachae (Simeon), retired, is saying:
I have read an article in today’s The Standard newspaper, part of which article I must confess I find a little irritating. My friend who is also Deputy Governor of Kisii County, Joash Maangi is quoted as saying: “We are aware that the duel was between the Nyachae family and ODM’s Kisii County Government because there is word that Charles Nyachae will run for Governor in 2017. This is not something to ignore”
I wish to comment as follows: 1. I have never told anybody or otherwise stated that I will run for Governor of Kisii County in 2017. 2. If I do choose to run for that office or any other, it will be my right to do so, and it will be an issue between the voters and myself. 3.The Kisii County Government does not, as a Government, exist to perpetuate the politics of any individual or political party. It is an organ to serve the people of Kisii County. 4. The so called Nyachae family is comprised of individuals, each with specific political rights that they have no obligation to exercise collectively. And if they did choose to exercise those rights collectively, that again is their right. 5. It is totally unbecoming and unnecessary to keeping dragging a Mzee who has retired from public life into imaginary political wars. My father, Mzee Simeon Nyachae like all other elders, should be accorded the peace, dignity and respect due to him as such elder. 6. Those who have such imaginary political wars or who want to engage in political shadow boxing aimed at me should do so without dragging Mzee’s name into it. 7. If indeed the Deputy Governor is quoted correctly, and the County Government considers it to be part of its mandate to ” politically duel” with Charles Nyachae, then it is in danger of losing track on the mandate it has to deliver to the people of Kisii County. 8. Finally, the truth is, the Nyaribari Chache by election like any other election, was an opportunity for the people to make a choice. That is what they did. Attempts to rationalise it in any other way, including theories about this or that individual or family, is to disrespect and insult the people of Nyaribari Chache. 9. In every election there must a winner and a loser or losers. The people of Nyaribari Chache spoke clearly on Monday 30th. Let us now support the people’s choice and come together to progress Nyaribari Chache, Kisii County, and Kenya. A good afternoon to all.
Strong points therein. Kazi kwako gavana Maangi. Mr Nyachae is still the Constitution Implementation Commission Chairperson, a duty every kenyan owe the o’mogusii excess debt in gratitude.