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Oburu to hang political boots, drops Eala quest

Nominated MP Oburu Oginga has announced plans to retire from active politics, a day after he declined a nomination to the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala).

He said he had withdrawn his candidature for nomination to Eala and will instead concentrate on helping his brother, the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, campaign for the presidency.

Raila, who is his young brother has been nominated as the National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate for the August 8 election. The former premier came under heavy criticism from Kenyans and the political class for fronting his brother Oburu as one of the Opposition nominees to the East African states parliament at the expense of “other deserving Kenyans”.

Oburu (pictured), who recently lost the Bondo constituency ODM nominations to incumbent Gideon Ochanda, said he had withdrawn his application for Eala post and was now planning his retirement from active politics.

Although he did not give timelines for his retirement, he said he will not contest for any political position in the August election, adding that his main mission will be to ensure his brother becomes the next president. “It’s my plan to retire from active politics. I am not offering myself for any political seat,” Oburu told a press conference in Mombasa yesterday.

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