Residents of Siaya county want Senator James Orengo to succeed Governor Cornel Rasanga in 2022 as their county’s next boss.
Orengo was largely expected to vie for the Governor sear in August, before he opted to maintain his seat.
With uncertainty still hanging over NASA leader Raila Odinga’s political future, residents say Orengo is the best positioned to take over.
Those who spoke to the Star said the succession is open and leaders should first prove their worth. Ukwala resident Alex Ouma said politicians should first concentrate on helping Raila realise his political ambition of becoming president.
He said the 2022 election will be hugely influenced by the conduct of elected leaders.
“Even as we speak now, some MPs have already lost their seats come 2022, because of their demeanour towards Raila’s journey to Canaan,” Ouma said.
Ouma however agreed that Orengo’s bid would be undisputed if he vied for the Siaya governorship.
Orengo campaigned only twice, priot to the August 8 elections, before winning his Senate seat with a landslide.
He told residents to excuse him so he could fight for Raila in Nairobi.
Siaya town resident Milkah Oduor said Orengo and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo had placed themselves at the forefront of Siaya county leadership.
“I would wish that in 2022, Otiende goes for senator as Orengo becomes our governor,” Oduor said.
Negotiated democracy will also be at play before it is decided who goes for which seat.
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