Mass exodus from Azimio as former Kisii governor James Ongwae leads ODM leaders to Ruto camp, Kenya Kwanza.
After decades of rule in the area, Raila’s hold on Kisii politics may be threatened by the move.
This is after James Ongwae, a former governor of Kisii defected from Raila Odinga’s Azimio camp and joined that of William Ruto, President-Elect
At least eight ex-MPs from Kisii and Nyamira county joined the immediate former governor on Friday morning for a “partnership” meeting with Ruto.
“We have had a fruitful meeting with the President-elect and told him that we are ready to work with him and support his government,” Ongwae said.
The former governor, a key ally of Raila, led the delegation that included ex-Kisii Woman representative Janet Ong’era.
Ongera is the former ODM executive director and a key ally of Raila. She lost the Kisii seat to Doris Donya of Wiper.
Other leaders are; Ex-MPs Jimmy Angwenyi(Kitutu Chache North), Zepedeo Opere(Bonchari) Ben Momanyi (Borabu), Manson Nyamweya (South Mugirango), Zadock Ogutu (Bomachoge Borabu) and Stephen Manoti(Bobasi).
Nyamwenya is the leader of the KNC party while Momanyi is a Wiper member.
The Abagusii council of elders chairman John Matundura was also present as was former Transport Chief Administrative secretary Chris Obure and ex-Nyamira woman representative candidate Emily Nyagarama.
Ongwae had indicated that the meeting would be centred on areas of partnership between them and the Kenya Kwanza faction even as he expressed that he was willing to work with the new administration.
However, Ongwae’s move to Kenya Kwanza did not sit with some Azimio leaders who accused the Ongwae-led team of being selfish.
In a statement, Narok Senator Ledama Olekina opined that the governor should have stuck with the Azimio presidential candidate despite the Supreme Court upholding Ruto’s victory.