I’ve not de­fected to JP, says MCA Ote

Says ru­mours are witch-hunt by ri­vals

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - JANE CHEROTICH @chep­jayne5

Bu­sia deputy speaker Moses Oboyere Ote yes­ter­day de­nied re­ports he has quit ODM for the Ju­bilee Party.

He said the claims are “some peo­ple’s imag­i­na­tions”. The Ang’urai South MCA spoke when he hosted Bu­sia Gover­nor Sospeter Ojaa­mong, who toured de­vel­op­ment projects.

There were al­le­ga­tions the deputy speaker and some Bu­sia MCAs at­tended JP’s merger at Kasarani in Nairobi.

“In my ward, the gover­nor has helped many peo­ple. Some of them are on a witch-hunt, say­ing I have quit the Or­ange party,” Ote said.

“I have many is­sues I want solved in my ex­pan­sive ward. I’m not in­ter­ested in petty pro­pa­ganda. I am cur­rently draft­ing a mem­o­ran­dum to be pre- sented to the IEBC, re­quest­ing for my ward to be di­vided into three.”

OLD RI­VAL BACK

Ote faces a tough con­test in his re­elec­tion bid. Ri­vals want to un­seat him for “mak­ing an un­prece­dented move by join­ing JP and aban­don­ing ODM”.

Grace Omasete, whom he beat nar­rowly at the March 4, 2013, gen­eral elec­tion, is back in the race. She has promised to wrest the seat from Ote, say­ing the ward de­serves a bet­ter leader.

Speak­ing dur­ing a rally in the pres­ence of Ote and Ojaa­mong in Katakwa Polytech­nic, Omasete said if elected, she will work closely with the gover­nor so the ward “can reap the fruits of de­vo­lu­tion”.

“I know the pains of a child. As a mother, I will not ne­glect any­body. Rather, I will strive to meet the needs of my peo­ple,” she said.

REP SAYS WARD IS EX­PAN­SIVE, WANTS IT DI­VIDED INTO THREE

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