Deputy President William Ruto is consolidating his Kisii support days after ODM leader Raila Odinga embarked on an aggressive campaign to firm up his grip of the region.
DP Ruto’s allies led by Kisii Deputy governor Joash Maangi and at least five elected MPs from the region on Thursday held a meeting within tens of politicians from Kisii and Nyamira counties in Nairobi.
Maangi said the meeting was convened by leaders from Gusii to discuss “the social economic issues affecting the region”.
“There will be a steering committee that will traverse the entire region to consult, collect and collate the issues affecting the region to come up with a detailed blueprint tailored to the current needs of the region,” Maangi said.
The team will soon traverse the region to collect views that will form the key cog of the leaders negotiations with the DP ahead of next year’s election.
The task force will consult opinion leaders and other stakeholders to develop the region’s wish list that will form part of the hustler national economic agenda as Ruto ramps up his presidential campaigns.
It is believed the deliberations from the DP’s supporters from the region will push for space for the community on Ruto’s bargaining table ahead of polls.
Ruto is expected to hold a meeting with the leaders from the community in the coming weeks once they firm up their proposals in his bottom-up economic model.
Among the leaders who attended the Thursday meeting included former Constitution Implementation Commission chairman Charles Nyachae, People’s Democratic Party leader Omingo Magara, MPs Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba), Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango), Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango) and Alfa Miruka of Bomachoge Chache.