Midiwo to back Oduol in Si­aya gov­er­nor bid

He apol­o­gises for cam­paign­ing against Oduol in 2013, vi­cious bat­tle ahead

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Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo has rec­on­ciled with politi­cian Wil­liam Oduol and in­di­cated he will sup­port Oduol’s bid for Si­aya gov­er­nor.

Midiwo said he was sorry for the ag­gres­sive cam­paign against Oduol, who he said was the dar­ling of the elec­torate in the 2013 elec­tion cam­paign.

In the cam­paigns, elected lead­ers branded Oduol with of­fen­sive ep­i­thets to en­sure Gov­er­nor Cor­nel Rasanga won the polls, but the in­cum­bent has dis­ap­pointed res­i­dents, he said.

“I do not have any prob­lems with Oduol and I have gone on ra­dio to pub­licly apol­o­gise,” Midiwo said.

The MP, who was with Oduol, spoke to res­i­dents on Fri­day last week at Gen­dro Sec­ondary School, Alego/Usonga con­stituency, dur­ing a funds drive.

Midiwo said de­spite elected lead­ers cam­paign­ing against Oduol in 2013, Rasanga only man­aged to de­feat Oduol by 3,000 votes. He said Si­aya Se­na­tor James Orengo, MPs Ni­cholas Gumbo (Rarieda and Dave Ochieng (Ugenya) have sup­ported Rasanga and cam­paigned against Oduol in 2013.

“Oduol is a tough can­di­date to de­feat, even in my Gem con­stituency,” he said.

The leg­is­la­tor said the race for Si­aya gov­er­nor is go­ing to tilt un­ex­pect­edly in De­cem­ber, as elected lead­ers will not sup­port Rasanga’s re­elec­tion. Oduol said he is sure he will win, fol­low­ing Midiwo’s en­dorse­ment.

“If Otada (Midiwo) has al­ready en­dorsed my can­di­da­ture and we are in one camp, who are you to op­pose it?” Oduol asked.

He warned Rasanga to brace for a tac­ti­cal cam­paign and a vi­cious duel.

Oduol urged res­i­dents to vote for a leader who has their in­ter­ests at heart.

He dis­missed as pro­pa­ganda claims that he wants the gov­er­nor’s post to be won by some­one from a dif­fer­ent con­stituency. Oduol and Rasanga both come from Alego.

Oduol said if he had not stood up against nom­i­nated MP Oburu Oginga, the gov­er­nor’s seat would cur­rently be in Bondo, where Oginga comes from, and not in Alego where Rasanga hails from. He said Rasanga had opted to be Oginga’s run­ning mate.

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