Governor Akaranga’s clansmen support his opponent

Emuhaya MP Wilber Ottichilo (centre), who is also a governor aspirant in Vihiga County chats with elders from the Vakirima clan. [Eric Lungai, Standard]

VIHIGA: Governor Moses Akaranga’s clansmen have dealt him a blow after they resolved to support his opponent in the governorship race.

The elders from Akaranga’s Vakirima clan said they had decided ditch the governor after his administration failed to take care of their interests.

“We have seen a leadership gap and also the potential to fill it with Dr Wilbur Ottichilo, who has vast experience in leadership,” Aineah Odari, the group’s chairperson, said.

“We are hoping for Ottichilo’s victory. Akaranga is a leader and our son. He has, however, failed to meet the elders from his clan to help him steer the county forward,” Mr Odari added.

The elders’ secretary, Seth Luvai, said more than 100 elders had agreed to back Ottichilo due to his development record in Emuhaya as an MP.

“It is now late for Akaranga to meet us and get our endorsement,” declared Luvai.

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Welcoming the elders’ endorsement, Ottichilo said if elected, he would create a council of elders from across the county.

“The council will be tasked with bringing the three major sub-tribes of Tiriki, Maragoli, and Banyore together. Other marginalised groups will also be included.

“The council of elders will sit every six months to assess the performance of the governor,” he said.

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