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Politicians accuse Ruto of not giving Kisii c*mmunity key appointments

Tuesday, August 8th, 2023 04:00 | By
Nyamira Senator Okongo Omogeni with ODM leader Raila Odinga and his wife Ida (right) at Ekerubo Catholic Church in Nyamira on Sunday
Nyamira Senator Okongo Omogeni with ODM leader Raila Odinga and his wife Ida (right) at Ekerubo Catholic Church in Nyamira on Sunday. PHOTO/Evans Nyakundi

Six ODM politicians from the Gusii community have accused President William Ruto and the Kenya Kwanza administration of ignoring their community in key appointments in his government.

The six; Okong’o O’mogeni (Nyamira Senator), Clive Gisairo (Kitutu Masaba MP), Anthony Kibagendi (Kitutu Chache South MP), Obadiah Barongo (Bomachoge Borabu MP), Doris Aburi (Kisii Woman Rep) and Hyline Mayaka (Nominated), further claimed that the government had stopped funding and completing key projects in the Gusii region, including those which were initiated by retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Led by O’mogeni, they said that since independence, the Kisii community had been holding a minimum of two ministerial positions and at least three PS positions but under the leadership of Ruto, the community has no PS.

Addressing wananchi at Ekerubo Catholic Church in Kitutu Masaba constituency at the weekend, Omogeni said Kisiis were taxpayers and what they  wanted was their rightful share in any government irrespective of their political parties affiliations. 

“We want Ruto to know that the Kisii community is not happy with his government because he has taken away the positions it has been holding since independent. If he can’t a person allied to Azimio la Umoja to be the PS then he should appoint one allied to his UDA party instead of locking out the community completely “ he added.

Kibagendi also said the community was also given few slots on employment of teachers, police officers and armed forces. “ While we appreciate the President having appointed our brother Ezekiel Machogu as the Education CS and the Nomination of our Sisters Gloria Orwoba and Esther Okenyuri we feel that our community got a slap on the face after missing out on the 51 Principal Secretaries slots,” said Nyamoko.

The North Mugirango MP who spoke on behalf of his 11 colleagues said the Gusii Community is the fifth largest in terms of population in the country and the second in terms of economic contribution in the country and deserved to get a fair share of the national cake.

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