The Star (Nairobi)

8 February 2013

Kenya: Disjointed Campaigns in Kakamega Hurting Raila - VP

Prime Minister Raila Odinga running mate, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has warned that disjointed campaigns are hurting Raila's chances of winning votes in Kakamega county.

Musyoka, who was vote hunting in Samitsi on Wednesday said, separate campaigns by ODM, Wiper, Ford-Kenya and Federal Party of Kenya is unhealthy.

Musyoka accused Planning minister Wycliffe Oparanya of sidelining Ford-Kenya, Wiper and FPK candidates in his campaigns.

"I am working closely with Prime Minister Raila Odinga and I want my brother Oparanya to do the same by working with Trade minister Moses Wetangula and former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo and deliver the county to Cord," said the VP.

Candidates running on Ford Kenya and FPK have complained that Oparanya, who is coordinating Cord campaigns in Kakamega, has sidelined them by concentrating on ODM campaigns.

Musyoka said candidates should view the Cord alliance as a family and work as a team.

But Oparanya says he is under no obligation to organise joint campaigns with other Cord candidates.

"I have not sidelined any Cord candidate because I know they are campaigning for the coalition's presidential candidate and I also need their support," said Oparanya who is contesting the Kakamega governor on an ODM ticket. "No candidate has approached me for a joint campaign."

Oparanya said every candidate had presented a campaign schedule to the IEBC clearance, which they must stick to it.

Kalonzo was accompanied by assistant minister Gideon Ndambuki, former MP Isaac Mwoki and Malava parliamentary Wiper candidate John Shimaka.

Yesterday, Musyoka said that Cord still had space for other leaders noting the alliance was ready to engage with other leaders outside Cord ahead of the general elections and after the polls.

said that Cord is composed of selfless leaders with a calling to service to Kenyans adding they were not tainted.

He said that Cord stands for reforms in all sectors and asked residents from Western to thoroughly vet candidates before voting to ensure that leaders with integrity issues are kept out of leadership.

He said that Cord government will ensure equity in development adding the sugar sector would be given priority to position it to benefit residents in Kakamega County.

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