You’ve just com­mit­ted po­lit­i­cal sui­cide, Awiti and MP tell Rege

The Karachuonyo MP de­fected to the Ju­bilee Party dur­ing it’s launch last week­end, say­ing he left ODM be­cause it ig­nored his push for in­ter­nal democ­racy

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ROBERT OMOLLO @RobertO­mollo3

Your po­lit­i­cal fu­ture is doomed, Homa Bay Gover­nor Cyprian Awiti has told ODM de­fec­tor Karachuonyo MP James Rege. “We are telling our brother Rege that he has lost the track, hence, he must pre­pare for an end of his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer. We (Karachuonyo peo­ple) can­not al­low Rege to walk freely after this serous be­trayal. In fact it’s an in­sult to us and en­tire Homa Bay county,” he said.

Rege de­fected to the Ju­bilee Party dur­ing it’s launch on Septem­ber 10. The leg­is­la­tor said he left ODM be- cause it ig­nored his push for in­ter­nal democ­racy. But Awiti said his exit was self­ish and not for the ben­e­fit of the residents. He spoke on Sun­day dur­ing a rally called ‘Cam­paign against Rege for Join­ing Ju­bilee’ in Kendu Bay town, Karachuonyo.

CALLS TO STEP ASIDE

Awiti was with Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor and six MCAs. “The peo­ple of Karachuonyo are in­tact. Let no one be fooled that he has moved to Ju­bilee with any­body. We are here to close his po­lit­i­cal chap­ter in this con­stituency,” Awiti said. Aduma, whose con­stituency neigh­bours Karachuonyo, said Rege has com­mit­ted po­lit­i­cal sui­cide.

He said he will present a pe­ti­tion seek­ing Rege’s res­ig­na­tion. “I as­sisted Rege dur­ing the 2013 elec­tions but since he has dumped us, we won’t al­low him to let Ju­bilee make a foray into this area,” Aduma said. “The Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Act is clear on this. Any leader who champions the poli­cies of a party other than the one that spon­sored them is deemed to have re­signed.”

The MCAs said they do not recog­nise Rege as the area MP and called on him to seek a fresh man­date. “You can­not be in two par­ties at the same time. Let Rege re­sign and a by-elec­tion be car­ried out,” Kibiri MCA Kennedy Ondiek said. Homa Bay elders chair­man Odak Mbaka warned po­lit­i­cal lead­ers against be­tray­ing the com­mu­nity for self­ish in­ter­ests.

/ ROBERT OMOLLO

Karachuonyo ODM of­fi­cial Tom Dola, Homa Bay Gover­nor Cyprian Awiti, Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor at a rally in Kendu Bay on Sun­day

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