This is a battle that I think James Orengo will win hands down unless something drastically changes on the ground. I have talked to many people who say that Orengo is the real deal in Siaya. While I don’t know exactly what Orengo has done for the people of Ugenya, I do believe that he has better credentials than the lackluster Oburu Odinga who has done very little for Bondo. I would be more than surprised if Oburu won the ODM nominations. I also hope that these nominations will be fair and transparent as to allow the voters to truly decide.
Lands minister James Orengo and Finance assistant minister Oburu Oginga have declared an all-out war as they seek the ODM ticket for the Siaya Senate seat.
Mr Orengo at the weekend, hosted over 600 ODM delegates from the county at his Ugenya home while Dr Oginga held a public rally in Siaya Town to canvass for votes ahead of the ODM nominations.
While Dr Oginga said he was not a stooge of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Mr Orengo said his credentials as a lawmaker would position him as the ideal Senator for the region.
“Just because my brother is gunning for the presidency does not mean that I cannot even become a village elder. My Senate bid has nothing to do with the presidency,” Dr Oginga said.
But Mr Orengo said that his Senate bid was not meant to oppose the PM, adding that his reform credentials would give him an advantage over his opponent. (READ: Orengo’s strategy in senate seat fight)
Mr Orengo said: “The coming elections are about the implementation of the Constitution and the electorate already understands this. It would be unfair to drag the name of the Prime Minister into campaign trails.”
Dr Oginga claimed that he had sought a pre-election pact with Mr Orengo but it did not work out. “The conditions given by my opponents were too stringent,” said Dr Oginga without elaborating on any of them.