By Onyinkwa Onyakundi
The man so intensely eager to be the first to shake RAO’s hand here is called Joash Maangi. He is the Deputy Governor of Kisii County, and the Jubilee Coalition’s point man in Gusii. It is he, that is expected to vie for the position of Governor, on a Jubilee Party ticket next year.
It is also he who led a delegation to Sugoi, which purported to represent and speak for and on behalf of the Abagusii Community, but on returning to Kisii, could not address mourners in funerals, or any other gathering, because any attempt to, would be met with booing and heckling.
This is because in addition to using the community’s name to acquire the brown envelop through false pretenses, he and another MP addressed the press two days later, where they were seen banging tables demanding that RAO apologize to the Abagusii, for naming one of them ~ one Mohammed Nyaoga ~ as among those involved in the Eurobond scam.
Now, the residents in Kisii and Nyamira Counties are known to have these rather interesting means of whipping wayward politicians back to the right path, which ~ if this picture is anything to go by ~ are very effective too.
One need not be eloquent in studying body language to note that the distance between Maangi’s two legs and his body posture indicate that he broke into a run to get to the Prime Minister fast and first.
The man he beat to the ‘Jackpot’, Senator Chris Obure is ~ together with Governor Ongwae ~ by protocol, considered the P.M.’s host, but to gain an acceptable level of acceptance among voters, it was crucial that he got there fast and first.
Thankfully he didn’t trip and fall. It is in the same vein that during the last elections, FORD-People candidates ~ whose party was part of the Jubilee coalition ~ couldn’t help but include RAO’s picture, alongside theirs, on their campaign posters, with the tag line ‘Huko juu pigia Raila, lakini hapa chini, tumia akili’.