Siaya County Governor Cornell Rasanga
Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga has told Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo to “blame his mother for marrying his poor father”, making him suffer during his childhood.
He said, “He should blame his mother for marrying his poor father.” Rasanga said Gumbo asking voters to back him based on his humble background will not fly.
Gumbo will seek to unseat Rasanga as an independent candidate.
Rasanga’s father - the late Amoth Owira - was a senior paramount chief during the colonial period so he enjoyed a privileged upbringing.
During his campaigns, Gumbo usually says his humble upbringing taught him virtues and how to manage resources prudently.
“I was brought up by a poor father who could not even afford a blanket for us to cover ourselves,” he said during a mass at Sigomere Catholic Church on Sunday.
Speaking at the burial of his uncle Caleb Ooche in South East Alego, Rasanga accused Gumbo of engineering the ban on his relief food distribution programme by saying it was being used to seek votes. Rasanga also claimed that Gumbo had said the maize was rotten.
Rasanga said, “Let him come with his fresh maize and distribute it to the public.”
He was accompanied by nominated MP Oburu Oginga, Fred Outa(Nyando),Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja) and Christine Ombaka (Siaya woman representative).
Rasanga said he would defy the ban imposed by the IEBC.
“I will add more stock since this is an ongoing government project which cannot just be suspended by the IEBC,” he said. Last week, the IEBC ordered Rasanga to stop distributing relief maize purchased using taxpayers’ money during his campaigns. County returning officer Ruth Kulundu said food distribution should be done by the executive.