15 January 2013

Kenya: Obama Brother Enters Siaya Governor's Race

Photo: Katy Gabel/allAfrica
Obama's half-brother, Malik Abango, center right, failed to clinch the position of Siaya County governor (file photo).

US president Barack Obama's brother, Malik Obama, has launched his bid for the Siaya county governor's seat. Malik, who will run as an independent candidate, said he would use his close links with president Obama to source for resources to develop the county.

If elected, he pledged to dwell on alleviating poverty that is rampant in most parts of the county."I have noticed that residents of Siaya county have experienced extreme hardship due to poor leadership which I want to bring to a halt," he said.

His key agenda, he said includes poverty eradication, development of basic facilities and industrialisation in order to enhance creation of job opportunities to a large number of jobless youth.

Malik said he is not interested in fighting rival parties from a region largely viewed as ODM zone."My candidature should not be seen as creating room for a battle with other parties. It's my constitutional right to seek for devolved elective position," said Malik.

He dismissed critics who claim he is hanging on his step brother Obama for political mileage."I want to use his influence to develop Siaya to the highest level,"he said, who was flanked by Michael Maingi, who is based in US.

Maingi said Malik was the best choice for Siaya and pledged to use his global links in search for resources to facilitate Malik's campaign bid.

Malik has joined Finance assistant minister Oburu Oginga and William Oduol in a hotly contested governor's race that also includes Joe Donde, Julius Okinda, Cornel Rasanga and Gideon Ochanda, who has steeped down in Oburu's favour.

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