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Nyanza governor who can be president in future

Curtis Otieno
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Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong'o (In brown coat) and Siaya Senator James Orengo (C) during a past event. [Source/James Orengo/ Twitter]

The dream of each and every politician is to ascend to the presidency someday, while those who have had the privilege of seeking African or world unions leadership.

One of the leaders has everything it takes to make it to the presidency is Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, who however remains reluctant to embark on the journey.

The governor has been in the political arena since early days of the Nyayo regime, with one of his colleagues at the time and opposition leader Raila Odinga now dancing in the national arena.

Nyong'o is well educated and experienced to lead in that capacity, but lacks either the seriousness or is completely not interested in the seat, as he would have been closer by now.

A keen observation will show you that he is hardly ever in political functions unless they directly impact on him.

He spends most of his time in his Kisumu offices while the likes of Siaya Senator James Orengo are in press conferences.

This makes them more popular and likely to make bigger achievements in the near future while the county boss remains largely unknown and a mere county boss.

Nyong'o must play the national game and always be on the move and also maximize on each and every opportunity to make comments and attend functions across the nation.

Also, he lacks the will to give and is hardly seen in charitable functions like fundraisers and funerals. He should embrace these if he has any plans to make it to the top.

Actually, he once admitted that he is not good at giving, but insisted that he is not mean but just not fond of splashing money without a special reason.

Unfortunately, in Kenya, you must be charitable to make any progress, failure to which he will not even ascend to the Luo kingpin seat should Raila exit in the coming days.

He had also not been keen on other functions like football matches which is one of the things that makes Raila and company popular and seem closer to the people.

Finally, he has to ensure that he does a good job in his current capacity, failure to which he will not have any excuse to ask for the votes of Kenyans. 

The other thing would be to exit Raila's Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and begin fabricating his own front. 

If he keeps doing things the way he is doing them right now, then he will be overtaken by newcomers and youthful fellows like his Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua.

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