Give Oloo key roll on poll team, an­gry JP mem­bers tell Uhuru

They com­plain of raw deal, de­mand Pres­i­dent ex­plain what for­mer TNA sec­re­tary gen­eral did to war­rant ex­clu­sion from vi­tal cam­paign com­mit­tee headed by Tuju

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Nyanza Ju­bilee Party mem­bers have protested against the ex­clu­sion of for­mer TNA sec­re­tary gen­eral Onyango Oloo from the sec­re­tar­iat to be headed by for­mer Rarieda MP Raphael Tuju.

The mem­bers, mainly for­mer TNA of­fi­cials from Kisumu, Si­aya, Homa Bay and Mig­ori coun­ties, said on Mon­day the de­ci­sion should be re­con­sid­ered.

In­terim JP Kisumu county co­or­di­na­tor Juma Midigo said Oloo was in­stru­men­tal in mar­ket­ing TNA in the re­gion and his ef­forts can­not be wished away.

He urged Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to bring Oloo into the com­mit­tee, say­ing his sac­ri­fices for the party should not go un­re­warded. Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Kisumu, Midigo said they de­mand to know why he was over­looked.

“We de­mand to know from the Pres­i­dent what Oloo did wrong that led to his ex­clu­sion from the vi­tal com­mit­tee, which he was part of at the last elec­tion,” he said. Midigo said it was through Oloo’s ef­forts that Ju­bilee’s pres­ence was felt in the re­gion.

For­mer Kisumu TNA chair­man Ti­tus Achar said the re­gion got a raw deal in the for­ma­tion of the com­mit­tee to spear­head the cam­paigns of the party in 2017. He said other re­gions got the lion’s share, while Luo Nyanza was only given the po­si­tion held by Tuju.

The mem­bers de­manded more Luos be ap­pointed. “We want to know why we got a raw deal,” Achar said. He said the is­sue must be re­solved be­cause like oth­ers, they, too, are party mem­bers.

Uhuru ap­pointed Tuju as the head of the Ju­bilee Party sec­re­tar­iat. He said the team’s task is to plan and or­gan­ise meet­ings and ral­lies to pro­mote the Ju­bilee agenda.

This, leaves Oloo’s fu­ture un­de­cided. He has been pro­mot­ing the party’s ide­ol­ogy in Nyanza, de­spite fail­ing to get on the cam­paign team.

/ FILE

TNA Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Onyango Oloo awards a cer­tifi­cate to Kirinyaga woman rep as­pi­rant Pu­rity Wan­gui at the TNA of­fices in Nairobi on Au­gust 26

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