Raila kin issues stern warning, wants ODM to give Otuoma certificate

Says no monkey business in Siaya

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ODM party leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: RTE

A close family member of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) chief Raila Odinga, has shared his thoughts on the irregularities that surrounded the party’s nominations in Busia county which saw the nullification of gubernatorial results.

While speaking on Saturday, April 15 in Siaya, Gem Member of Parliament and the Opposition leader’s cousin, Jakoyo Midiwo, cautioned that they will not allow rigging that occurred in Busia to be repeated in Siaya county.

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Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo. PHOTO: MASHADA

According to him, such incidents are unnecessary and would only cause rifts within the Orange party.

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“I am asking party officials and the elections board to allow democracy in the nominations to curb any fallout that might lead to voter apathy in ODM strongholds,” Midiwo said as quoted by a local daily.

The legislator said, rather demanded, that the certificate be given to Otuoma whom he believes was the victor in the Ojaamong-rigged primaries.

Midiwo then went on to add that the incumbent Governor Ojaamong should face disciplinary action including prosecution in court for the malpractices.

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“It is a waste of time to conduct a repeat election in Busia county when it is clear that Otuoma won. Our party should walk the talk and those who rigged must be arrested,” the Star quoted him.

The ODM has slated a repeat exercise for Tuesday, April 25, but Otuoma maintains he will not participate in the scheduled nominations because he won fair and square.

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He demands that he be given the certificate in readiness for the upcoming General Election scheduled for August 8.

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Funyula MP Paul Otuoma (left) with ODM party leader Raila Odinga. The MP says he won’t participate in repeat nominations. PHOTO: THE STAR

Meanwhile, his rival Ojaamong says he is ready for the repeat exercise saying he is confident he will trounce Otuoma, just like he did in the first round.

ODM has also nullified some results in the Kakamega primaries that happened on Saturday, April 15. An official statement by the National Election Board gave dates for repeat exercises.