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Oburu Odinga accused of dirty tricks in new bid for Bondo seat

Oburu represented the constituency between 1994 and 2013, losing the last election simply because he contested for a different seat (the Siaya governorship). He was nominated to Parliament but is now campaigning to reclaim the seat, with the incumbent Ochanda as his main opponent.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 22 Dec 2016 14:07 EAT

Mr Oburu Odinga.

Nominated MP Oburu Odinga has been accused of orchestrating the circulation of leaflets in Bondo Town last week insinuating that the current MP for the area is working against CORD leader Raila Odinga’s political interests. Tensions were high in the region last weekend following the circulation of the leaflets which allege that Mr Gideon Ochanda is marshalling the support of two clans to vote against the CORD leader in the 2017 elections.

Oburu represented the constituency between 1994 and 2013, losing the last election simply because he contested for a different seat (the Siaya governorship). He was nominated to Parliament by the ODM in a special category, but is now campaigning to reclaim his old seat. Being the incumbent, Mr Ochanda is Oburu’s main opponent.

The leaflets found along the Bondo-Usenge highway last week described in detail how Mr Ochanda had organized a secret meeting between his clan (Yimbo) and Nyasimwa, both being disgruntled clans in the constituency politics, in order to subvert Raila’s presidential bid and the election of anyone from Kowak clan (to which the Odingas belong). The meeting is alleged to have been held at Wambasa Secondary School.

The leaflets claimed that the MP was marshaling support of the two clans against candidates from Kowak in order to scuttle Raila’s presidential ambitions. Security officials are investigating the source of the leaflets, but many analysts suspect Oburu’s local allies were responsible for their circulation.

Mr Ochanda’s Yimbo and Nyasimwa clans have sizeable voter numbers, but the MP would need the support of voters from Kowak as well if he is to win against Oburu in ODM nominations.

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