Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party leader has finally spoken after the party was humiliated in both Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections.
Responding to the issue, Odinga said “elections are won or lost, so the fact that someone has lost an election is not a big deal. It’s not a big issue. In Embakasi South, it was NASA vs NASA, and honorable Sumra congratulated Mawathe, even ODM has congratulated him. So where is there a big issue, why is the media making it a big issue? ODM has no issues. People will make comments here and there. Even in Ugenya, the same thing, remember that gentleman only lost with 400 votes in the general election. So this was just a repeat election, anyone could win.
When asked whether there were any differences between him and Siaya Senator James Orengo, the ODM leader replied “what do you mean? What problems? Orengo was campaigning for ODM. Orengo is a loyal member of ODM. So there is nothing. No issues in ODM.”
Odinga was speaking with journalists after holding a meeting with leaders from the Kalenjin community with whom they discussed issues ranging from reviving agriculture, the Building Bridges Initiative, famine in parts of the Rift Valley and how to ensure that the dams whose funds have been embezzled can be set back on track.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party candidates for Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections were defeated squarely in the by-election on Friday.
In Ugenya, vote tallying ended early Saturday with Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG) candidate David Ochieng winning with 18,730 votes.
Raila’s candidate, Christoper Karan (Orange Democratic Movement) emerged second with 14,507 votes.
While in Embakasi South, Wiper Party candidate Julius Musili Mawathe garnered 21,628 votes defeating ODM’s lrshad Sumra who came a distant second with 7,988 votes.