You are county league ma­te­rial, Omar tells Joho

Says talks of gov­er­nor be­ing Raila run­ning mate threat­ened to wreak havoc in Cord

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ERNEST CORNEL @OduorErnest

Talk of Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho stand­ing as Raila Odinga’s run­ning mate was a gim­mick that threat­ened to wreak havoc within Cord. Mom­basa Sen­a­tor Has­san Omar said the talk was “reck­less, my­opic and child­ish, vexed and of­fended op­po­si­tion loy­al­ists”.

He said the ODM deputy party leader rants with­out con­sid­er­ing oth­ers’ feel­ings. “We are fo­cus­ing on bring­ing change in 2017 but with your shisha stim­u­la­tion, you have started travers­ing the en­tire coun­try,” Omar said.

Dur­ing ODM’s 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in Kisumu, sev­eral party leg­is­la­tors pro­posed that Joho should be Raila’s run­ning mate. But last week Joho said he will not be run­ning mate. He said he will cam­paign for Raila’s elec­tion as Pres­i­dent next year then run for the top seat him­self in 2022.

Omar, Wiper’s sec­re­tary gen­eral, said Raila put a leash on the gov­er­nor’s neck to keep him in check and that’s why Joho dropped his bid to be run­ning mate. He spoke on Satur­day dur­ing a public lec­ture at the Re­nais­sance Cen­tre where Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua was the chief guest.

When con­tacted for com­ment, Joho, through his aide Richard Chacha, said he re­fuses to be dragged into Omar’s “ploy”. Omar said Joho should not ven­ture into na­tional pol­i­tics be­cause he’s only county league ma­te­rial. “He can­not com­pete at that stage. Here at the county we have over­run him,” he said.

Omar said it will be a ma­jor blow if one of the Cord co-prin­ci­pals bolts be­cause of Joho’s “reck­less talk”. “Ev­ery­one in Cord plays a cru­cial role. If Kalonzo moves out, about 1.7 mil­lion votes will be lost,” he said. He said Cord has fo­cused on unity. “We agreed that each party should pop­u­larise it­self to form a strong coali­tion,” Omar said.


Mom­basa Sen­a­tor Has­san Omar and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua at the open­ing of the Re­nais­sance Cen­tre of­fice in Mom­basa on Satur­day

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