1 February 2013

Kenya: Machage Cleared for Migori Senator Race

ROADS assistant minister Wilfred Machage was cleared yesterday to run for the Migori senator on an ODM ticket. Machage said he did not get direct nomination after losing to rival John Magaiwa in the primaries in some areas.

"Nyatike, Awendo and parts of Uriri and Kuria constituency didn't have any senate nomination while Rongo didn't have senate ballot papers," he said.

He is set to vie for the seat against Polycarp Atinga, who was also cleared by Ford Kenya. The women representative aspirant Dennitah Ghati picked her certificate accompanied by Susan Owino. Ghati will face Elsheba Akinyi Ayoma who was cleared by TNA.

In Migori East constituency, Junet Mohammed was cleared to run for the parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket after close rival in the primaries, John Pesa, also claimed to have been cleared by the party and wielded a provisional certificate.

Junet took the certificate and thanked residents for supporting his bid although he came from a minority community. "Migori residents and ODM have shown democracy can prevail," he said.

Junet said he will campaign for Raila Odinga to ensure he gets maximum votes in areas inhabited by Muslims such as Coast and North Eastern provinces.

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