Fo­cus on Se­nate, county head not for you, Orengo told

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Si­aya gov­er­nor hope­ful Wil­liam Oduol on Fri­day told Sen­a­tor James Orengo (pic­tured) to for­get the county’s top job and con­cen­trate on the Se­nate seat, if he wants to re­main in politics af­ter the 2017 elec­tion. He said he will get the seat at all costs, warn­ing as­pi­rants who are not fi­nan­cially sta­ble to quit or brace them­selves for hunger af­ter the polls. Oduol urged Orengo to di­vert his ef­forts to­wards strate­gies that will see Cord leader Raila Odinga as­cend to the pres­i­dency in 2017. He spoke at Ndere Polytech­nic in Gem sub­county. Oduol said if Orengo chooses to end his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, then he should be in the run­ning for gov­er­nor. He ques­tioned the sen­a­tor’s de­vel­op­ment record, say­ing he did lit­tle as Ugenya MP, hence can­not man­age the county. “If I man­aged to garner 64,000 votes as the NAP can­di­date, how many will I get in the 2017 polls with ODM?” Oduol asked. He said Orengo will only eat into the in­cum­bent Cornel Rasanga’s votes if he de­cided to con­test, say­ing his 50,000 votes from the pre­vi­ous poll re­main in­tact. Other hope­fuls are for­mer Regional De­vel­op­ment PS Carey Orege and Rarieda MP Ni­cholas Gumbo. The en­try of Orengo into the race has raised the po­lit­i­cal tem­per­a­ture in a county known for high-oc­tane politics. Gumbo, Orege and Oduol have been cam­paign­ing to wrest the seat from Rasanga. It is said Orengo, Oduol, Orege and Gumbo held meet­ings to agree on who among them should face Rasanga, but they failed to strike a deal.

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