Ongwae, who had been at the helm of the county for two consecutive terms on an ODM ticket led at least eight ex-MPs from Kisii and Nyamira counties for a “partnership” meeting with President-elect William Ruto.
“We have had a fruitful meeting with the President-elect and told him that we are ready to work with him and support his government,” Ongwae said as quoted by the Star.
The former governor, a key ally of Raila, led the delegation that included ex-Kisii Woman representative Janet Ong’era. Ongera is the former ODM executive director.
Other leaders are; Ex-MPs Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache North), Zepedeo Opere (Bonchari) Ben Momanyi (Borabu), Manson Nyamweya (South Mugirango), Zadock Ogutu (Bomachoge Borabu) and Stephen Manoti (Bobasi).
Also present was the Abagusii council of elders chairman John Matundura, former Transport Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Chris Obure, and ex-Nyamira woman representative candidate Emily Nyagarama.
In what appeared like a “survival tactic” Ongwae confirmed that the Kisii region was ready and willing to work with the Kenya Kwanza government.
“As a community, we are ready to work with the President-elect,” Ongwae said.
This comes just days after the Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP) led by former Meru County Governor Kiraitu Murungi dumped Raila’s Azimio la Umoja for Kenya Kwanza Coalition led by President-elect William Ruto.
“Received the leadership of DEP at the Karen Office, Nairobi, led by former Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi,” Ruto wrote on Twitter.
“We welcome the Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP) to Kenya Kwanza. Their resolve to work with us is an indication that leaders agree that the interests of Kenyans override our personal or party interests.”