By MN Reporter,
Migori senator Ochillo Ayacko through a press statement has distance himself from reports that he has already picked a deputy governor.
In a statement issued on September 7, Ayacko refuted reports that he had picked a deputy governor.
“I wish to ask our supporters to treat any post or rumor on my DG as entertainment or propaganda until they formally hear from me or my official campaign team, ” the statement said.
Migori News had posted a story of Nchagwa being a potential DG after she hightened activities since Ayacko was installed as an elder.
The two posts prompted the press statement.
“M attention has been drawn to speculative social media postings, doing rounds on various platforms to the effect that I have already picked my running mate/Deputy Governor for the 2022 gubernatorial elections in Migori County,” the senator.
He went further to confirm he will be in the ballot for governor ticket and went ahead to give a raft of irreducible minimums for his potential DG.
“In the spirit of shared prosperity by all of us irrespective of race,tribe, age,gender,religion or culture,I reiterate that my deputy/running mate will be a member of the Kuria community,” he said.
He said while no DG has been picked, any process will be “transparent and consultative process, who’s outcome will be acceptable to majority of us.”
Other qualities he said will be “competence, ethics,loyalty,shared principles and commitment to serving the great people of Migori.”
From the press statement, it shows already high stake jostling for the Deputy Governor post and here are the best six our editorial desk has picked.
He was Ayacko’s deputy in the 2017 general elections and went through high stakes ODM primaries which were won by current governor Okoth Obado, before they sailed through on Independent ticket. Mosenda, son of former chief Chacha Moronge from Bukira clan has been loyal to his boss throughout and is in the forefront to be a deputy again.
Kemege is from the Bwirege clan as the current Deputy Governor Mwita Mahanga and vied for the Kuria East parliamentary seat. In 2017 he was the deputy governor for an Independent candidate, but has been campaigning for Ayacko throughout and was key in his senator bid.
Former journalists who was governor Okoth Obado’s executive in the first term before their relaationship broke down completely when he resigned to vie for the Kuria East MP seat in 2017 general elections. He also vied unsuccesfuly for the same seat in 2013. He has been a main fixture in Ayacko governor and senator elections. Hails from Bwirege clan, like the current DG Mwita Mahanga.
Former nominated MCA in Migori county assembly in 2013 and she has severally vied for the Kuria East MP seat and is close to the ODM party which has seen her being appointed. She has been mobilising for Ayacko both for governor and senator by-elections campaigns. She hails from Bukira clan and married in Nyabasi clan
Nominated MP by ODM party to represent people living with disability and the first Migori Woman Representative. She has declared interest to vie for Woman Rep seat and for her status in the ODM party (where she sits on national executive board), if party headquarters is forced to negotiate a deputy she stands a bigger chance in nominations.
An activists who hails from Bukira clan and married in the same clan, a new entrant in the political field but her aggressive stance of being more assertive in seeking support for Ayacko has raised her profile. She has been meeting stakeholders in Kuria and across the county pushing through Ayacko’s governor agenda which prompted the press statement.