Raila Endorses Natembeya For Trans Nzoia Gubernatorial Seat


By Paul Mukana

Trans Nzoia county gubernatorial aspirant George Natembeya received a pulsating boost after ODM leader Raila Odinga endorsed his bid.

In what appeared like a well choreographed political pact, Raila maintained that Natembeya was the only suitable candidate who can fully transform Transnzoia.

“So baba is up there carrying the Azimio flag; here in Transnzoia,we don’t want to have mixing here.The one who is carrying the Azimio flag here is none other than Mr.Natembeya,” said Raila.

He was addressing a mammoth crowd at Kiminini in Transnzoia county during an Azimio la Umoja One Kenya campaign rally.

This comes just a few days after the DAP-K party handed direct tickets to Natembeya and Bungoma governor Wickliffe Wangamati.

Wangamati who was also present was also lucky to meet the requisite charisma and obtained Raila’s endorsement.

Political pundits have opined that Raila’s move is ostensibly meant to tighten the grip on the Mulembe votes especially in Bungoma and Transnzoia counties.

Natembeya expressed confidence of clinching victory and lobbied for Raila’s presidential bid.

“For the first time in the history of this republic, that person who has fought for change in this country is about to become president, you have stood with him for all these years, don’t betray him at the 11th hour,” said Natembeya.

Raila capitalised on the occasion and promised to empress a cadre of leadership that will improve the social-economic status of Transnzoia county.

“It is a big shame that for over 50 years since independence, Kenyans still have a problem with title deeds.That’s one of the problems we will solve within the first 6 months of our adminstration.We will help our farmers with fertilizer and tractors for ploughing and also reduce the price of fertilizer from ksh.6000 to ksh.2000,” he noted.

He also promised to elevate Kitale hospital into a fully fledged level 6 referral hospital.

Earlier on Raila and his brigade had attended the burial of Jotham Khisa Nyukuri who was ODM’S board of trustees.

Other leaders present included defence CS Eugene Wamalwa, Kakamega governor Wickliffe Oparanya, his Bungoma counterpart Wicliffe Wangamati, Saboti MP Caleb Hamisi among others.

All of them promised to catalyze spadework and galvanize regional votes for Natembeya and Azimio at large.

Natembeya is the immediate former Rift Valley regional commissioner and he resigned in February to venture in politics.

He doubles up as an ardent ally of both president Uhuru Kenyatta and Azimio’s presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga.

Natembeya will be battling out with Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa in a fight to succeed outgoing governor Patrick Khaemba.


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