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Raila sister returns to disrupt Governor Nyong’o’s development streak



Ruth Odinga- the sister to the ODM leader Raila Odinga has returned to revive her flopped political ambitions by throwing salvos at Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o. Ruth recently shocked many when she trashed the fact that Raila has endorsed Nyong’o for a second term over his development records.

The controversial politician deputized the former Kisumu governor, Jack Ranguma, between 2013 and 2017 but Runguma was beaten by Nyong’o in 2017 after ODM owners including Ruth cut links with him and rigged Nyong’o in.

But she only settled for the deputy position after ODM elders prevailed over her to shelve her small ambitions in favour of Ranguma and her brother Raila Odinga who ran for presidency in the 2013 polls.

Ruth made clear her intentions to oust Nyong’o in 2022 after she accused the performing governor of despotism during an interview with a local fm station. She believes that her dismal performance with Ranguma and five years in the political cold qualify her to disrupt the good work that the residents of Kisumu have witnessed during the tenure of governor Nyong’o.

She now joins a clique of aspirants who are have grouped themselves in clan outfits to deny Nyong’o a win in 2022. Friend turned foe, Senator Fred Outa leads the KKK cocoon that also includes Ranguma and former Kisumu Central Mp Ken Obura.

Kisumu County Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o [p/courtesy]

Ruth’s candidature does not sit pretty with her elder brother Raila who considers Nyong’o a close ally and reliable think tank. Her entry is further complicating Kisumu’s 2022 gubernatorial arithmetic after Raila openly endorsed Nyong’o for a second term last year.

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“Hasn’t Nyong’o done a great job? Are you happy? he deserves five more years” Raila told Kisumu residents.

Ruth on the other hand downplays the endorsement adding that she is running on her own merit to serve the residents of Kisumu but not on the Odinga fame which is obvious. “I am Oginga Odinga’s daughter and sister of Raila, but I am vying on my own merit,” Ruth said.

The outspoken politician ditched Ranguma in the run up to 2017 polls and backed Nyong’o despite working with Ranguma for five years and failing together.

Governor Nyong’o will rely on his record to defend his seat but he is fighting many enemies after he fell out with his 2017 supporters like Senator Outa who was lining to dish out plum jobs to clansmen and mistresses to loot from county coffers. His former chief of staff Lumumba Ouya is also claiming that the governor is covering up corruption scandals while Ruth is accusing the bearded professor of recycling old staffers from Ranguma’s administration.

Ruth last made news when the former Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko directed police to prosecute her and Senator Fred Outa for attacking Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials and vandalizing electoral devices. But the case collapsed on Feb 27 2020 after nine witnesses failed to testify against her.











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