Deputy President William Ruto’s point man in Kisii, Joash Maangi, has made a surprise move that will see him work with Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to galvanize the Abagusii into uniting.
The decision by Mr Maangi, who is Kisii deputy governor, is a blow to Dr Ruto and Tanga Tanga wing of Jubilee Party, who has been banking on him in seeking the people’s support.
As the DP Ruto point man in the community, he has spent the last 11 months organizing functions for him and leading delegations to meetings at his Sugoi and Karen homes, in a rivalry with Dr Matiang’i.
The deputy governor has left his supporters and critics confused about his political stand.
Mr Maangi announced his move on Saturday at Nyagesenda SDA church in Kitutu Chache North during a function that Kisii Governor James Ongwae attended. The two have had an on-off relationship.
Mr Maangi said he is joining those championing unity of purpose for the sake of development in the county.
“We must work together. I assure CS Matiang’i that we will work together. The time has come for us to set aside our political differences and unite our community,” the deputy governor said.
Also present were Dr Matiangi’ and Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache.
In response to the announcement, Ms Mochache said, “I now fully find peace in my heart.”
In his address, Dr Matiang’i said Mr Maangi made a noble decision.
“I support what my brother Maangi has just said. Ongwae, Maangi and I are working together to uplift the living standards of our people and ensure development,” he said.
His about-turn comes after months of what he often termed “political persecution by the government”.
Wrangles Between Matiangi and Ruto in Kisii
For months, heightened political activities by two factions in the Gusii region — one for Matiang’i and another for DP Ruto — have resulted in sharp differences among local leaders.
Mr Ongwae, who arrived late for the event with his county brigade, admitted that he was not invited.
“My brother Matiang’i, this is my home yet I was not aware that you were around. I was in my house when I received a phone call and was told that you were here. I had to come and say [hello],” he said.
CS Matiang’i explained that he primarily visited to attend the church service
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