Nyamira politicians negotiate deals ahead of party nominations
With a few days to the party primaries deadline, aspirants from Nyamira are busy negotiating with opponents to reach a consensus before the August election.
Already, such efforts have yielded for some aspirants who have decided to surrender their bids and back rivals to ease their parties from the upcoming nomination pressure.
Dr Erneo Nyakiba who had announced his intention to vie for the Nyamira gubernatorial race on UDA Party has ceded ground for Walter Nyambati and the two will now run for the seat as deputy governor and governor respectively.
Also in the consensus building table is ANC contender Joseph Kiangoi and Julius Mokogi who have agreed to run together as governor and running mate.
In the arrangement, Kiangoi will be the flag bearer while Mokogi will back him as running mate.
Also expected in the table is Woman Rep aspirants from the county Josephine Omanwa who is vying on a UDA ticket and her counterpart Alice Chae who is eyeing the same party ticket.
On Thursday, the two were engaged in negotiations that were chaired by Nyambati and Nyakiba who wanted to broker a common ground of who among the two will be the UDA flag bearer.
At stake was the clan factor where it would be decided between Omanwa and Chae who would be favoured with the clan element.
Chae comes from Kitutu clan where Nyambati and Senatorial aspirant Mose Nyambega (both of UDA) come from while Omanwa comes from Bogirango.
According to Omanwa, Chae should throw in the towel for her since the Kitutu Clan cannot field governor, senator and woman MP candidates from the same clan. “For the sake of regional balance, my friend Chae was requested to yield her ambition but we are yet to arrive at consensus,” he said.
According to Chae, she was equally more popular and she was having more potentiality of winning the race owing to the fact that she was the pioneer Woman Rep.
“If we go to the ballot, it will be the fairest game,” Chae said during the meeting. So far, aspirants for the Jubilee seeking major seats have not attracted serious competition with contenders having their way with free tickets.