Governor to drop his deputy ahead of 2017 elections
16 March 2016, 11:01
Vihiga - Vihiga deputy Governor, Caleb Amaswache will lose his position in favour of a favourable candidate from the Tiriki sub tribe in the run up to 2017 General Elections.
In what can be seen as an increasing disconnect between governors and their deputies in various counties, Governor Moses Akaranga made his intentions clear about his deputy in a recent public function.
“I am going to defend my Governor’s seat in 2017. If I want my work to be easier as a Governor, I will just pick a deputy from Hamisi. We will have finished everything. The Maragoli and Tiriki teaming up will be an easier work for me than coming to woo Banyore voters,” said an irritated Akaranga.
The Governor spoke when he opened sub County offices at Elukongo in Emuhaya Sub County.
Vihiga County is made up of three major sub tribes that include Tiriki who reside in Hamisi constituency, Maragoli who reside in Sabatia and Vihiga constituencies and Banyore who reside in Emuhaya and Luanda constituencies.
Another sub tribe, the Teriks is considered a marginalised group due to its fewer numbers, and resides in Hamisi constituency.
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Akaranga warned Emuhaya MP Wilbur Ottichillo, who comes from Bunyore sub tribe that no Maragoli will vote for him in his gubernatorial quest as everyone will rally behind him.
“Nyinyi mnapenda kudanganywa. Lakini mimi lazima niwaambie ukweli. Mmaragoli hawezi pigia Mnyore kura. (You like being lied to. I will tell you the truth. A Maragoli cannot vote for a Munyore),” he said.
The Governor’s address to the community has raised eyebrows with various church leaders noting it amounted to unnecessary hate speech that may brew animosity and tension between various sub tribes in the County.
“That is one way of dividing the families that have lived peacefully here in the County,” said Charles Sande, a Bishop at a local church.
“The Governor should come back and ask for forgiveness from the Banyore because he has left us with many question marks in our minds,” he said.
Last year in December during the Banyore cultural day at Ebusakami secondary school, an angry Amaswache said his community had failed to support him and his position as deputy Governor.
“In 2017, I will try vying for something else, probably the Senator’s position now that my community cannot support me as a deputy Governor,” he said.
He added, “We will give the Tiriki the deputy Governor’s position.”
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