In Summary
  • Mr Osele lost to Ms Eve Obara, a political greenhorn, in a disputed contest.
  • Mr George Okiki, a political commentator in the county, argues that ODM has never been tolerant to divergent views within its ranks.

A section of Orange Democratic Party (ODM) legislators could have lost in the recent party primaries in Nyanza region over their perceived rebellion against the opposition party leadership.

The Members of Parliament, majority of them first-timers, were ousted by newcomers and will possibly remain in the cold unless they vie as independent candidates and turn the tables on the ticket holders in the August 8 General Election.

Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura, who in 2013 defied the party leadership and declared an interest in the ODM secretary-general position, is among the casualties of the primaries.

He was beaten by Gem Central Member of the County Assembly Fred Ouda.

The MP had been declared the winner but the result was later overturned.

“I won the ticket in a fair election and I am up to the task,” Mr Ouda said.

“I am ready to face any other candidates in the August 8 election and I’m confident I will be the next MP for Kisumu Central.”

In 2013, Mr Obura led a group of youthful MPs — including Mr Dave Ochieng’ (Ugenya), Mr George Oner (Rangwe), Mr Agostino Neto (Ndhiwa), Mr Sylvance Osele (Kabondo Kasipul) and Jared Kopiyo (Awendo) to drum up support for his Orange party SG post bid.

They came up with ‘Sega Declaration’ to push their agenda.

At the time, the top party leadership appeared to lean towards Nominated Senator Dr Agnes Zani for the position.

Mr Ochieng’ however defected to Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG) for fear of being denied the ODM ticket.

He will now face off with ODM’s Chris Karan on August 8. Mr Karan has vowed to make Mr Ochieng’ a one-term MP.

“I am confident I will beat him hands down,” Mr Karan said.

In Migori, Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno, who had been linked to the Kalausi (Dholuo for whirlwind) movement in Nyanza, also lost to businessman Paul Abuor.

Mr Abuor polled 7,300 votes against Mr Otieno’s less than 3,000.

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