Political leaders in Kisii County today hosted the Azimio la Umoja forum in Kisii to rally support for ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid ahead of the general elections set for August 2022.
Speaking to a gathering at Kisii Agricultural Training Center (ATC) on the outskirts of Kisii town, Kisii Governor James Ongwae said that Raila had worked tirelessly to deliver devolved governments whose fruits Kenyans were currently enjoying.
The County boss urged other communities in Nyanza region to vote for Raila as the fifth President of Kenya.
“We the Abagusii community together with the Abakuria and Luos have been together since independence and therefore, we need to work hand in hand to ensure we have Raila as our leader,” said Ongwae.
He also urged political aspirants and Kisii residents to maintain peace during the electioneering period.
Kisii Senator Prof. Sam Ongeri said that he would work together with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Odinga to unite all tribes through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and reiterated the need for residents to maintain peace during elections.
The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Chief Administrative Secretary Chris Obure also pointed out that he expected the Kisii community to fully support Odinga in his presidential bid.
Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi cautioned leaders engaging in abusive language during this campaign period saying that all political leaders should strive to campaign peacefully.
Maangi, who is vying for the gubernatorial position, used the opportunity to rally residents to vote for him saying the county had witnessed huge progress over the last nine years under his leadership as the Deputy Governor.
The forum was also attended by Kisii Women Representative Janet Ong’era, Kenya National Congress (KNC) party leader Manson Nyamweya and other leaders allied to Jubilee and ODM parties.