Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga has said she is sure of becoming the next governor since her major competitor is busy battling corruption-related court cases.
Speaking to Citizen tv on Tuesday, June 8, Wanga, who received the blessing of elders to vie for the seat early this year said it is uncertain if her rival will be convicted or not should he be elected and that would mean the electorate might not be willing to elect him.
“If you (Evans Kidero) have four court cases of corruption and they are ongoing, we don’t know whether or not you will be convicted or not, but you know, but you have moved to the point of being charged,” she said.
Kidero, who is being investigated for allegedly being in possession of billions of assets that he cannot account for, has announced his ambitions to succeed Governor Cyprian Awiti.
Awiti is expected to retire in August 2022 after serving his two-term limit in accordance with the Kenyan Constitution 2010.
Apart from Kidero, deputy governor Hamilton Orata, Suba South Member of Parliament and ODM party chairman John Mbadi have also announced their quest for the Homa Bay governor’s seat.
Wanga claims the development projects she has implemented across the lakeside county will give her an upper hand over her competitors.
Kidero on his part said he was ready to give the county a new look through industrialisation and make Homa Bay a tourist attraction.
“The new Homa Bay will fully exploit the county’s tourism potential, build industries including fish processing plants and make deliberate enterprise development, which will awaken our sleeping giant,” Kidero said.
In January 2021 the Council of Elders met In Rangwe village where they endorsed Wanga for the top county job in the 2022 General Election.