18 July 2012

Kenya: I Won't Step Aside for Orengo, Declares Oburu

FINANCE assistant minister Oburu Odinga maintains his quest for the Siaya county senate seat is non-negotiable. Speaking to the Star, he said his supporters asked him to go for the seat. Oburu said he attended five meetings with area leaders and was the first leader to announce his intention therefore he will not step down in favour of anybody.

There have been calls fom some leaders to have him step down for Lands minister James Orengo. Orengo annonced in June 6 he will not defend his Ugenya seat and would instead vie for senator. "He and any other contender are free to face me at the ballot since it is everybody's democratic right to contest a political seat," said the Bondo MP.

Oburu said he is ready for dialogue as long as it's aim is not to block him from the ballot. Siaya is made up of six constituencies: Alego Usonga, Gem, Bondo, Ugenya, Rarieda and the newly created Ugunja. "I do not have history of failing and I have a single mind of winning the election." Oburu revealed he had no intention of facing his colleagues and had consulted Orengo before announcing his decision. He says Orengo had not shown interest in the position at that time. Oburu says he has been consistent in building the Orange party since its inception in 2005 to date maintaining that he deserves the position.

Copyright © 2012 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.