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Kisumu Gubernatorial Race: Will Professor Anyang' Nyong'o Unseat Jack Ranguma?

Anyang' Nyong'o And Jack Ranguma

It is prudent for you to know, before anything else, that this race will be a two-horse one. It is only a matter of time before the current deputy governor Ruth Odinga, World Food Program Country Yemen Director Dr Asaka Nyangara, Dr Hezron McObewa and others are consumed in the political heat that will hover around Kisumu in the coming months. The political heat will come in the form of boardroom deals, negotiated democracy, personal reevaluations, and downright intimidation (Western Kenya politics is arguably the dirtiest in the country).

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Nyong'o and Ranguma at a past event
That said, the Kisumu gubernatorial race will pit the incumbent governor Jack Ranguma against the incumbent senator Professor Anyang' Nyong'o. The two friends turned bitter rivals have promised the electorate an epic battle that will leave no stones unturned. The senator supported the governor in the 2013 elections but has since said he regrets vouching for a man who has led the great county of Kisumu to the trenches. The governor on the other side has advised the senator to retire from politics citing old age. Their age difference is 10 years.
All the contenders in Kisumu are highly educated people. Professor Anyang' Nyong'o as the name suggests is an accomplished educator who cut his teeth in overseas universities. He still lectures at the University of Nairobi and has been a visiting professor in universities in Mexico and Addis Ababa before. He was also a Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Jack Ranguma is also as learned as he has a Master of Science (International Accounting and Management Information Systems) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He had an accounting career spanning over 30 years before venturing into politics. He served as a commissioner in Kenya Revenue Authority. Education background will definitely not play a major part in this race.
One factor that will greatly influence the outcome is their home turfs. Kisumu voters, like other parts of the country, vote as a block. Ranguma comes from the vote rich Kano clan that comprises of Nyando, Muhoroni and Kisumu East. Nyong'o is of the Seme clan of Seme sub-county. The other clans, Kisumo and Nyakach will align themselves depending on each clan's proximity to the rivals. Kisumu Central will be a battleground as it is a cosmopolitan.
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Nyong'o during a vote drive in Seme

Raila Odinga the defacto leader of Nyanza will be perhaps the greatest determinant of the polls outcome. This will especially be inflated should he decide to endorse a candidate. Sources close to his inner circle say he may decide to stay neutral until after party nominations.
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Anyang' Nyong'o is close to power
Past development records will be highly considered by the Kisumu elite as a key point. Ranguma who has accused his rival of not having a past development record terming him as backward will be relying on his projects in the county. He also has the money machine having been a governor for five years. Political pundits have said unseating an incumbent governor will be an uphill task. Nyong'o will rely on his development records during his stint as Kisumu Rural member of parliament. He will also make known his push for development of Kisumu in the Senate.
Will Professor Anyang' Nyong'o Unseat Jack Ranguma? Visit Daily Updates for more
Nyong'o and his development record

The choice of a running mate will be of key importance. Outsiders who vote in Kisumu will be keen to choose someone they feel will have them close to the heart. The two contestants will be doing political calculations on how to choose someone who will bring votes to the table. At the end of the day, ODM party may enforce a running mate on a contender like they did with Ruth Odinga.
Above everything, this is an exciting race that everyone across the country will be watching. But make no mistake, the governor of Kisumu will be chosen the date of Orange Democratic Movement nominations.
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