The Star (Nairobi)

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.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 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.