During the recent appointment of state officers, Kisii Nyanza had the highest share with as many as six members getting appointed from a single family (Nyachae family) but now it seems the President may have been given wrong advice to make so many appointments from that region.
A leak assessment report on the political impact of the appointment has returned a damning indictment on the move, with the report showing the President may have lost more than he gained for the much hyped move.
“It is our assessment that the appointments were seen to benefit a few well-to-do Â families who are out of touch with the locals, hence, the expected political capital has not been achieved,”Â concludes the report.
While strategists for the president had banked on old political hands to woo Kisii to President Uhuru, it appears the ground has shifted.
Ever since taking power, President has appointed, to various positions, former MPs Omingo Magara, Henry Obwocha, Dr. Robert Monda, Walter Nyambati and former Kisii Mayor Samuel Nyangweso.
The president also appointed lawyers Ken Ogeto, Gershom Otachi, Ken Nyaundi. He also appointed Judy Nyachae and her brother Kenneth Nyachae.
Earlier, President Uhuru had appointed Prof Sam Ongeri as Ambassador to UN-Habitat. CIC Chair Charles Nyachae also graviates more towards Jubilee these days.
However, these big names seem to have done little to tilt the scales as Gusii, according to government insiders, is still deeply in CORD. The two counties of Gisii are headed by CORD governors James Ongwae (who used to be Raila Odinga aide) and John Nyangarama.
The other CORD players in the region are Kisii and Nyamira senators Chris Obure and Kennedy Okong’o as well as MPs Timothy Bosire, Manson Nyamweya, James Gesami, Janet Ongera, Alice Chae, and Charles Geni among others.
The coming of counties into the political matrix has also led to the political and business class in the region increasingly aligning to counties than the national government, dealing a blow to Uhuru’s presidential gravy train.
In short, Omogusii is still CORDED!