Governor Nyong’o terms Senator Cherargei’s assessment of President Ruto welcome in Nyanza as provocative and primitive.
Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o has slammed Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei after he said President William Ruto’s warm reception in Nyanza indicates the waning of Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s influence in the region.
Cherargei in a statement via X on Friday claimed that “Ruto received a heroic reception today at Luo Nyanza of a development messiah that shall free them from the Odingaism cult that enslaved them for centuries.”
“Kumbe kelele za Azimio-OKA ni za twitter pekee kumbe ground vitu ni different. Asante Luo Nyanza for the warm welcome tuko mpaka Monday.”
Reacting to such appraisal, Nyong’o stated Nyanza remains Raila’s political base, adding that the Nyanza locals are always hospitable to visitors.
He termed Cherargei’s sentiments as inaccurate and primitive.
“Samson Cherargei has been quoted in a section of media saying that the warm welcome accorded to President Ruto in Nyanza shows that the political influence of Raila Amolo Odinga is waning in this region. This is a reckless and unfortunate statement. Nothing could be further from the truth,” said Nyong’o.
The governor explained that the president’s visit to Nyanza was in his capacity as the head of state and not a politician, implying it was wrong to assess things using the political lens.
“Ruto was welcomed as the President of the Republic of Kenya, not as UDA leader on a campaign trail,” he said.
Nyong’o went ahead to warn Cherargei and his ilk that their loose and irresponsible utterances to advance their parochial political interests were not only provocative but also backdated.
“We in ODM wish to denounce such utterances and ask UDA leaders to stop this political culture, especially at this time when President Ruto is visiting the ODM strongholds,” said Nyong’o.
Ruto began his four-day tour to the Nyanza region on Friday and launched development projects in Siaya and Kisumu counties.
He is also scheduled to engage with the residents of the region, meet farmers, and interact with local leaders.