Former Kenyatta university student leader Sammy Owino has indicated that he will square it out with Tim Wanyonyi for the Westlands constituency parliamentary position come 2017 general elections. Sammy who is Babu Owino’s distant cousin has ditched Raila Odinga led ODM for Jubilee Party headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
The recent graduate is building on his close friendship with the Jubilee duo since 2015. Owino announced his bid at the Jubilee party head quarters in Nairobi. Still in his early 20s, Owino says he has had enough experience in various leadership positions and that he is in a good position to clinch the Jubilee ticket and represent the people of Westlands constituency.
Sources suggest that President Uhuru Kenyatta might have convinced him to join Jubilee and ditch his dream of representing Embakasi East constituents in an ODM Ticket. His cousin Babu Owino has indicated that he will be going for the Embakasi seat and has since been promised of the ODM ticket by the top leadership. It is not clear why Babu moved from Westllands constituency to Embakasi East but sources suggest that he might have been convinced by Raila Odinga to leave the seat for Tim Wanyonyi.
When asked about his source of campaign funds, Sammy Owino said that he has been in business for atleast sometime and that he is able to pay his expensive bills. He said that he runs some private business together with SONU leader and aims to use every available resource to traverse the constituency he so wishes to represent.
Sammy unlike other fresh graduates who are struggling with unemployment crisis in the country is enjoying massive boom in his businesses and is rumored to have provided employment to several youths in Nairobi. Unlike his fierce talking cousin, Owino is soft spoken and from a very humble background.
The young lad has joined several other youths who will be seeking to unseat the incumbents from various political seats across the country. Some of the youths include; former Egerton student leaders George Kivondo and Alex Kibaria, former SONU leaders Argwings Kodhek and Kate KOkumu.