Former Minister Nyachae vows to back Uhuru’s reelection bid
Former Minister Simeon Nyachae has vowed to back President Uhuru Kenyatta as he seeks re-election in the 2017 General Election.
Speaking during the burial of his wife Esther Nyaboke on Monday, Nyachae said that he has been a close friend of the Kenyatta family for decades and would not rescind his decision to support Uhuru Kenyatta.
“There is no one who can make me leave Jubilee. I have known this family for many years, Uhuru’s father helped me learn a lot of things and made me what I am today,” said Nyachae, the father of the defunct Constitutional Implementation Commission (CIC) chair Charles Nyachae.
The 84-year-old veteran politician was vocal in drumming up support for Uhuru in the 2013 elections.
Despite this, CORD leader Raila Odinga managed to get more votes than President Kenyatta in the region garnering 236,831 votes against Uhuru’s 95,596 in Kisii and 121,590 votes against Uhuru’s 54,071 votes in Nyamira.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have since moved to assert influence in the region in a bid to win voters over to Jubilee, with the help of Kitutu Chache Member of Parliament Richard Onyonka and Kisii Senator Chris Obure.
ODM leaders including South Mugirango Manson Oyongo and Nyaribare Chache businessman Ben Mogaka have however sought to maintain their party’s hold in the region, faulting pro-Jubilee leaders for allegedly pursuing self interest.
Early this month, President Uhuru Kenyatta held a meeting with MCAs from Kisii and Nyamira Counties at State House here in Nairobi in a bid to gain ground in regions widely considered ODM zones.
The burial ceremony was attended by Kisii Governor James Ongwae, Wiper chairman and Kitui Senator David Musila, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sister Christine Pritt, Kitutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi among others.
Meanwhile, CORD leader Raila Odinga has condoled with former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae following the demise of his wife.
Speaking on Sunday when he visited Nyachae’s home at Nyosia village in Nyaribare Chache, Raila said his closeness to the Nyachae family dates back to the time of his father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga who was a close family friend of Musa Nyandusi, Nyachae’s father.
He termed the late Esther Nyaboke as a dedicated and devoted SDA deaconess.
The late Esther was buried on Monday.
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