21 January 2013

Kenya: Kajwang Claims Media Out to Wreck ODM

IMMIGRATION minister Otieno Kajwang' has denied claims of a revolt against Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Luo Nyanza. He accused the media of orchestrating a hate campaign against Raila and working "overdrive" to destroy ODM.

He further shrugged off claims that the rejection of outgoing MPs from Nyanza during the party nomination was a referendum against Raila. "There is a revolt in Nyanza. People are protesting failure by the Elections Board to respect the people's will to elect leaders of their choice," he said.

"The protest had nothing to do with Raila. The people have a right to speak out when their will is undermined in the manner the ODM election board has done," he said. On Saturday, the Star reported that voters in Nyanza had revolted against Raila by rejecting majority of his allies during the nominations.

Addressing a news conference at Osinkiriri Hotel on Saturday, Kajwang said the media were using results from social media instead of those released by party machinery. He claimed the media was to blame for the violence witnessed in parts of the region.

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