The Luo community in Migori feels shortchanged by their Kuria counterparts in a negotiated democracy deal. In the deal, the Kuria, who are a minority, agreed to support ODM's Raila Odinga in exchange for senior county positions.
"ODM campaigned and voted for Wilfred Machage as senator and Dennitah Ghati as the women's representative which wasn't reciprocated in Kuria East and Kuria West constituencies," a senior ODM agent said.
According to IEBC provisional results in Kuria West, Uhuru Kenyatta beat Raila Odinga by 14,619 to 11,073 votes while In Kuria East Raila Odinga won by a slight margin against Uhuru with 12,125 votes to 9,192.
ODM's Matiko Bohoko lost the Kuria West parliamentary election to URP's Mathias Robi. Robi had 13,156 votes against Bohoko's 8,467 while Jane Moronge of UDF got 4,254.
In Kuria East former Kuria MP and Kanu's national vice chairman Shadrack Manga got 8,110 votes against Pick's and ODM supporter Maneno Mwikabe's 7,883.
John Magaiwa ODM former county chairman said the party entered into a deal with individuals, not parties, which brought on board political opportunists.
"ODM candidates like (Wilfred) Machage who were given a direct nomination used doublespeak to campaign for Jubilee in Kuria but for Cord in Luo communities which ensured they won their individual seats and left the presidency open," Magaiwa said.
He said it was futile for ODM to enter into negotiated democracy with Manga because the deal did not reflect the reality on the ground. However, Migori ODM secretary general Josiah Olala said the Kuria candidates did their best to deliver the votes even with poor logistics and funding.
"The Kuria community never shortchanged us in the voting. The votes we got were a positive sign. Our opponent Jubilee had more logistical support and materials like caps and banners which aided their campaign," he said.
Olala said there was suspicion among the Kuira after some Luo senator and women's representative aspirants joined other parties which guaranteed them votes.
"We want to assure the two communities that the presidential results will not affect the work of ODM candidates chosen from the Kuria community," he added.