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Monday, 21 Nov 2016 20:37 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Siaya senator James Orengo continues to get support from local leaders for his governorship campaign. Ugenya MP David Ochieng has become the latest leader to rally behind Mr Orengo’s campaign, declaring that he would do everything in his power to ensure Mr Orengo wins the seat over incumbent Cornel Rasanga.
The MP sounded dejected in his endorsement of Mr Orengo, saying Mr Rasanga had disappointment even though he was one of the governor's main supporters. "I had given Mr Rasanga my car and Sh1 million at a time he was not well off financially, but he thanked me by belittling and insulting me," said the MP.
The MP was delighted that Mr Orengo had bought ODM nomination papers as was reported by the Kenya Free Press, confirming the long-held expectations that the Siaya senator would contest the governorship. He said Mr Rasanga had failed to provide the leadership needed to bring leaders from Siaya together for the development of the region.
At the same time, former chairman of Siaya County Council Aggrey Onyango also threw his weight behind Mr Orengo, whom he expected to win the ODM nomination "as early as 8am in the morning" when the event is held. The senator will run against Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, former permanent secretary for Regional Development Carey Orege and businessman William Oduol Denge.
However, the senator's campaign has the headstart with the support of five of the region’s six MPs from Siaya County including Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem), Ochieng and Dr Gideon Ochanda (Bondo). Mr Gumbo is gunning for the seat himself but is reportedly ready to sacrifice his interest for the sake of removing Rasanga from power.