Kisii woman rep po­si­tion at­tracts five

Otara’s op­po­nents have ac­cused her of fail­ing to give out the Af­fir­ma­tive cash

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - BEN­SON NYAGESIBA @Nyagesiba

The Kisii woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive race is gain­ing mo­men­tum af­ter five hope­fuls de­clared their in­ter­est to un­seat Mary Otara.

The as­pi­rants in­clude a 2013 gen­eral elec­tion loser, Brigid Om­bati, who came se­cond. She gar­nered 64,000 votes.

In 2013, Otara got 115,000 votes. Oth­ers who have de­clared their in­ter­est in the race are Vicky On­deri, Eve­lyn Ogendo, nom­i­nated MCA Is­abella Mose and Judy Miruka.

Otara’s op­po­nents have been ac­cus­ing her of fail­ing to dis­trib­ute money from the Af­fir­ma­tive Ac­tion So­cial De­vel­op­ment Fund to ben­e­fit women and the youth.

Speak­ing on Sun­day at the burial of Bo­ma­choge Borabu MP Joel Onyan­cha’s brother Charles, Om­bati said Otara will face an up­hill task in her re­elec­tion bid.

“I want to chal­lenge the woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive to ex­plain how she has spent money from the Af­fir­ma­tive Fund to ben­e­fit women,” she said.

It is un­clear which party ticket Om­bati will use next year. In 2013, she vied on the PDP ticket.

Otara dis­missed Om­bati’s claims, say­ing she has been pre­sent­ing cheques to var­i­ous women’s groups to help them to grow their busi­nesses.

/FAITH MATETE

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