Jubilee Party has suffered a set back in the vote rich Gusii region after one of its senior members announced he was quitting.
Former Cabinet Minister Sam Ongeri’s decision to ditch the party has thrown the Jubilee brigade in the region into a spin as they were relying on his political experience and good standing to tame CORD’s stranglehold in Kisii and Nyamira counties.
Although he is yet to name his new party, Prof Ongeri, currently Kenya’s envoy to the UN-Habitat, fell short of saying he was joining the opposition CORD.
“Let it be known that from today, I have officially quit the Jubilee Party. I am heading to the party which the Gusii people want to support in the coming elections,” he said.
Telltale signs that Ongeri was on his way out of the ruling coalition emerged last month after he declared his support for Kisii Governor James Ongwae, who is an ODM stalwart. Asked whether he was decamping to ODM, the envoy said he was merely supporting Ongwae’s re-election bid because of his good work.
Ongeri told The Standard on Sunday that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto had openly shown disregard for senior politicians from the region….CLICK NEXT BELOW CONTINUE READING….