2 January 2013

Kenya: Obure and Kisii ODM Top Brass Resign Ahead of Poll

EIGHT senior Kisii county ODM officials, among them, Public Works Minister Chris Obure have resigned to seek various elective posts.

The officials resigned in line with a directive issued by the party secretary general Anyang Nyong'o asking who officials aspiring to positions in the March 4 general election to quit their seats.

Obure quit as the branch chairman to seek the senator's seat while James Ongwae resigned as secretary to contest the governor's seat.

South Mugirango sub branch chairman Gideon Moreka also quit alongside Rashid Miyonga to seek the constituency's parliamentary seat.

Other sub branch chairmen who resigned to contest parliamentary seats are Samuel Omwando (Kitutu Chache), Musa Nyakeramba (Nyaribari Masaba), Chris Bichage (Nyaribari Masaba) . Others are MPs Simon Ogari (Bomachoge) and Charles Onyancha (Bonchari).

Addressing journalists at Ufanisi Resorts after holding an informal branch executive committee meeting, Obure said Josephine Ombati is the new county coordinator.

She dropped her bid for the county's women representative post to become coordinator. Obure said officials who quit had been replaced. The new officials include Kerosi Ondieki (chairman), David Okachi (vice chairman), and Joash Maangi (secretary).

The new sub branch chairmen are Peter Matangi (South Mugirango), Benedict Nyagaka (Nyaribari Masaba), Charles Ombuna (Nyaribari Chache) and John Onyiego (Kitutu Chache).

"We left our positions to lay ground for transparency and positivity during nominations," Ongwae said Obure said they have good plans to win all seats in the county.

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