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Karachuonyo MP James Rege and Ugenya MP David Ochieng now threaten to ditch Orange party

By Protus Onyango | July 31st 2016

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leadership will need to do more to restore order in the party. And even as party and Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga pitched tent in Western region two weeks ago too woo back his supporters, trouble in his party continues.

As he tries to put out fire in one of his strongholds, Karachuonyo MP James Rege, one of Raila’s key supporters in Nyanza, has said he is ditching the Orange party.

“I have done so much for the party. I have given it my money to fund by-elections in Kajiado Central, Malindi and Karachuonyo, but I have been frustrated. So I am quitting and won’t seek re-election on the ODM ticket,” Rege told The Standard on Sunday.

Karachuonyo MP James Rege. The legislator cited unfair nominations and lack of democracy in ODM as reasons for his quitting the party. (PHOTO: FILE/ STANDARD)

The legislator cited unfair nominations and lack of democracy in ODM as reasons for his quitting.

“I am privy to information that there are plans to give some people direct nomination certificates and this is against assurances that the nominations will be fair,” Rege said.

“I have won two nominations in the past with a clear majority, but the nomination certificate was always given to another person. As a result, I spent so much money in court. If this is set to continue, I don’t want to be part of it.”

Ugenya MP David Ochieng has also indicated that he will not defend his seat on an ODM ticket.

“I have developed my constituency in a short while than what has been done for decades. I have brought a teacher training college and Kenya Medical Training College and made the bursary scheme benefit all needy students. But I will defend my seat on a different party ticket,” Ochieng said.

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Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga supported his colleagues’ sentiments.

“ODM needs not to repeat past mistakes. In 2013, my wife Anne Anyanga won the nomination for Migori governor, but the certificate was given to Prof Akong’o Oyugi who lost the seat to Okoth Obado. We want fair nominations,” Anyanga said.

Rege said politics has held Nyanza at ransom to the extent that leaders do not talk about developing the area.

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