By Joe Baraka
A politician in Kisii, a county perceived as a National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s stronghold, has compared the region’s allegiance to the Opposition during the 2013 polls to seeking milk from a bull, saying it is a mistake they will not repeat in 2017.
Speaking shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his team raided Kisii and Nyamira counties for two days, Borabu parliamentary seat aspirant Patrick Osero said the community will now back the Jubilee government.
“We have realized we were milking a bull by supporting the Opposition. We made mistakes but on August 8, the Kisii community will rally behind the President,” Osero was quoted in one of the dailies.
Milking a bull is a common African proverb used to indicate an activity in futility.
The wider Gusii region has in recent years been perceived to be an Opposition stronghold and overwhelmingly voted for Raila in the past election, but pundits feel Jubilee has made significant strides in the region, especially in Nyamira county.
Perception by local Jubilee Party-associated leaders is that they have diluted the Opposition’s domination. “The county is no longer NASA-dominated. We are targeting 60% of the region’s votes from the 26% President Uhuru got in the last election,” Nyamira county Assembly Speaker Joash Nyamoko said.
Nyamoko bases his argument on the fact that the President had a tour he termed wonderful and successful as he was received warmly, more so in places like Nyamira town that have previously been hostile to him and other Jubilee leaders.
“The President traversed Nyamira and went to remote areas where he was received with jubilation. He also addressed key issues like IDP compensation and infrastructure,” noted Kitutu Masaba Member of Parliament aspirant Shadrack Mose.
During his many rallies in the regions, President Uhuru ished out goodies, including the issuance of a KSh 470 million cheque to 9,000 internally displaced persons in Nyamira, a day after giving out another KSh 358 million cheque to 7,000 IDPs who were displaced during 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kisii county.