Is DG Maangi at war with Governor Ongwae? Kisii Politics take a new twist

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Right is Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi conversing with Kisii Governor James Ongwae at Kisii school during the end year cross over ceremony Photo/Daily Clock
Right is Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi conversing with Kisii Governor James Ongwae at Kisii school during the end year cross over ceremony Photo/Daily Clock

Kisii County Politics have taken a new twist after Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi turned his claws to corrupt leaders in Kisii County Government.

Maangi kicked the New Year with guns fully cocked ready to unmask what he alleged as corrupt leaders who are sheltering under Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiangi for Protection.

The ever strategic political scientist in his 1st January 2020 presser, indirectly accused Kisii Governor and his Nyamira counterpart, the Matiang’i front liners of hiding in him to escape graft arrest by EACC.

A close ally to James Ongwae who sought anonymity told the Daily Clock in confidence on Wednesday evening that Maangi’s shocker presser has sent Kisii governor and his allies into panic.

The only trusted Ruto point man has been gentle and universal on Kisii politics. His bullets seem to hit hard on critics and opponents ahead of his triumphant entry into the 2022 gubernatorial race.

Ongwae allies have since been having frequent press conferences hurling insults at Maangi. They demanded him to resign.

On Tuesday 7th January 2020, the deputy told the media in Kisii that corruption has started fighting him back. He questioned why Ongwae allies are bitter yet he never mentioned him in his presser.

Maangi further said he is prepared with helmets to move out of his comfort zone to rescue the embezzled public resources.

A contractor who sought anonymity said, they are panicking for they fear the DG could release a list of contractors who have been fully paid without finishing their projects.

A Close confidant to Deputy Governor told the Daily Clock that Maangi has no problem with his boss. He is unmasking county officers who are not delivering.

“People of Kisii expect service delivery. Maangi and Ongwae are friends. Let nobody lie to you that they are fighting. The truth is they are panicking because of the influence Maangi has,” He said.

“Ongwae allies want to make it look like Maangi is fighting him which is not true. In fact Maangi is soon calling for a lifestyle Audit and he is ready. The Ongwae allies are creating crisis so that they can be funded to give responses. Its January business my friend,” He added.

Ongwae and his Nyamira colleague Nyagarama recently launched a Political initiative synthesizing the Abagusii on reasons why Matiang’i is ripe to take Dr William Ruto head on at National Politics.

A massive BBI conference bringing together delegates from all Nyanza Counties has been scheduled for 10TH January 2020 in Kisii.

Tanga Tanga team led by Maangi said on Tuesday that they were not informed. They have promised to peacefully keep away.

“I don’t know anything about the rumored BBI Conference. Nobody has told us. We will not attend but anybody who is willing is free to attend. We will give them peace to conduct their meeting. Let it be known that we were the first people to support BBI and that is our stand,” Maangi told the Media.

“But my opinion, there are urgent issues touching the electorate that required urgent funding than BBI Conference. To me it’s a waste of Public resources because nobody is against the BBI,” Added Maangi.

Maangi said the meeting they should have as at now, is a development meeting to reflect what they have done to the electorate since they were elected.