November 23rd 2017

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Luyia, Luo rivalry over Minority Leader's post splits ODM in Nakuru County

Addressing the media in Nakuru Town, the leaders alleged that ODM had shortchanged members of the Luyia community by appointing Kivumbini ward MCA Wilbur Onyango to the position, thereby nullifying an earlier election in which Palanga had been elected as the Minority Leader.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comWednesday, 27 Sep 2017 16:56 EAT

Trade unionist Maurice Shishoka addressing journalists in Nakuru Town today.

A section of leaders from the Luyia community living in Nakuru County have threatened to decamp from the NASA coalition and support the Jubilee Party over what they termed as being looked down upon by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leaders.

Led by trade unionist Maurice Shishoka, the leaders want the ODM party to appoint Olkaria ward MCA Peter Palanga as the Leader of Minority in the Nakuru County Assembly failure to which they will marshal all Luyias in Nakuru to support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the forthcoming presidential election rematch.

Addressing the media in Nakuru Town, the leaders alleged that ODM had shortchanged members of the Luyia community by appointing Kivumbini ward MCA Wilbur Onyango to the position, thereby nullifying an earlier election in which Palanga had been elected as the Minority Leader.

Shishoka alleged that Palanga was denied the position simply because he is from the Luyia community and given to Mr. Onyango who is from the Luo community. He said ODM was on the verge of becoming a preserve of the Luo community arguing that Luyias have a stake in the party and they deserve to be treated with utmost respect.

He called on party leader Raila Odinga to step in address the issue before it gets out of hand. There has been a political tussle in the ODM party in Nakuru County with both members of the Luhyia and Luo communities fronting one of their own to occupy the leader of minority post in the Nakuru county assembly.

The orange party has five MCAs in the Nakuru county assembly with three directly elected while two were nominated. At the same time Shishoka warned Kenyan youth against being used by politicians who want to drive their own selfish agendas by being used  to engage in unnecessary mass actions

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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