The Star (Nairobi)

1 December 2012

Kenya: Rivals Orengo, Oburu Hold Joint Rally in Rarieda

LANDS minister James Orengo and Finance assistant minister Oburu Oginga yesterday held a joint rally raising speculations over their senator bid.

The once friends turned arch rivals addressed a crowd at Aram trading centre in Rarieda district where they assured the public that negotiations were going on over their senator bid. A source told the Star that an agreement has been reached where Oburu agreed to cede the seat to Orengo.

However, Orengo said consultations are underway to ensure that each of the six constituencies in Siaya County gets equal share in the various devolved seats. The constituencies include, Ugenya, Ugunja, Alego-Usonga, Gem,Rarieda and Bondo.

"We are like children of the same mother and I assure you that smoke will be seen at the end of the tunnel without creating any unnecessary tension among the electorate," Orengo said. Oburu said the perceived rivalry between him and Orengo is an affront to Prime Minister Raila Odinga who is seeking the presidency.

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