Anyang' Nyong'o's Ksh300K Apology to Raila Backfires

  • Raila Odinga and Anyang' Nyong'o attend a past event together. Twitter
  • A recent newspaper apology that Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o drafted for former Premier Raila Odinga did not go well with the area's residents.

    On Thursday, an apology, that cost Ksh 300,000  and was reportedly paid for by the county government, appeared in a local daily over heckling by a section irate youths during a Raila rally.

    In the statement that was also shared across newsrooms, the Governor described the heckling as a disgrace terming the disruptors as enemies of development.

    “It is regrettable that a small band of engineered naysayers who have deliberately decided to resist development in the county as a whole purely for political mileage decided to embarrass our guests,” read the statement in part.

    An image showing the advert that was paid for by Kisumu governor Anyang' Nyong'o.

    The governor, who could not receive Raila as he was on a trip to Denmark, insisted that the residents of his county were looking forward to the development projects announced by the ODM leader.

    “We shall not be deterred from continuing with changing Kisumu’s economy for the better to please a few visionless people,” he added.

    Some Kisumu residents, however, hit back claiming that he misused county funds just to please Raila yet his constituents needed quality services.

    "Already, the governor's press unit gave a statement on the matter to media houses. Stories were done and published. The same message was readvertised at the cost of taxpayers, yet residents face numerous problems," stated a resident identified as John Ochieng'.

    "That message was uncalled for, waste of taxpayers funds," stated another person.

    "It's unfortunate that Kisumu County can do a press release claiming that the Ombeyi incident was planned, instead of acknowledging that they did not involve residents in discussions involving the said Park," posed another person

    Raila Odinga (right) and Anyang' Nyong'o attending a past event.