Eric Juma @PeopleDailyKe
National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has directed Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leadership in Siaya county to craft a strategy to deny Movement for Development Growth (MDG) candidate David Ochieng’ victory in the coming by-election and trim its political wings.
Raila’s call comes after the High Court in Kisumu last week annulled Ugenya MP Chris Karan’s victory following a petition by Ochieng’ and ordered a by-election. He said it was Ochieng’s democratic right to create MDG party to rival ODM in the region, but urged the Orange party officials in the area to stop rivals from “securing a seat that belongs to our party”.
“Ochieng’ whom we nurtured and helped secure Ugenya parliamentary seat in 2017 has decided to develop his own home (MDG). He has succeeded in his court fight, but let’s see if he weathers the oncoming political storm and re-captures the seat,” said Raila.
The ODM leader asked Governor Cornel Rasanga and local leaders to adopt a political strategy that would not only catalyse the downfall of Ochieng’ but also increase votes in favour of Karan.
“The Ugenya seat is a small post that does not need my attention. Let Rasanga organise formidable political strategies that will fix Ochieng once and for all,” said Raila. Similar sentiments were echoed by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi who vowed to ensure Ochieng’s defeat, adding that nobody disrespected Raila and succeeded in their bids.
Their remarks not withstanding, hundreds of MDG party supporters in Ugenya thronged Sega market to welcome the petitions’ ruling. The supporters vowed to vote in Ochieng’ in the by-election saying they have confidence in his leadership.
Led by Joseph Olale, the group said the verdict proved that the Ugenya parliamentary contest was rigged in favour of Karan. Addressing supporters, Ochieng’ said no amount of persuasion or smear campaigns propagated by Nasa or ODM fraternity will convince or hoodwink voters to support Karan.