Oburu son to run for Kisumu Central MP seat

Oburu son to run for Kisumu Central MP seat

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Oburu Oginga has scoffed at reports that his son not to run for MP for Kisumu Central constituency seat in the next general elections.
Oburu said that rumours doing rounds that he has urged is son Elijah Oburu to support Joshua Oron are untrue.
He said he cannot purport to speak for his son who has shown interest in unseating Fred Ouda.
“You can find out from him if that is true, I cannot speak for him,” said the aged East Africa Legislative Asssembly MP.
The former Bondo legislator said that Kisumu has for many years been known as a rumour mill and hastened to add that such reports should be ignored completely.
“Such reports should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve since I have not discussed such an issue with anybody,” he said.
Elijah on his part said he has heard about such reports but also said that they are not true.
“I’m still in the race for the Kisumu Central seat come 2022. I will not back anybody,” he said.
The developments now place Ouda in a precarious position ahead of the next polls.
Ouda made his way into parliament on an ODM party ticket after beating a host of other contenders at the primaries.
They included former MP Ken Obura, Onyango Oloo, former town mayor Sam Okello, Richard Ogendo and others to clinch the party ticket.
Ouda confounded many people when he squeezed his way into parliament in the cosmopolitan area after having been elected a member of the Siaya county assembly from Gem.
The MP before that was involved in theatrics such as stripping naked and chaining himself to gates ostensibly in defence of Raila thus endearing himself to Kisumu voters who treat Raila like a tin god.
Ouda has of late had a rough time with the electorates after hundreds of them were evicted from different areas of the central business district.
The MP was at pains in explaining that he was unable to question the evictions for fear of reprisals from ODM party leader Raila Odinga. The electorate similarly would not dare blame Raila for their eviction.
It will be a tall order for other contestants since the Odinga family is believed to have a lot of influence in ODM primaries.
Oron who has business interests in Kisumu hails from Kano and has been involved in charitable activities both in Kisumu Central and Nyando and has for a long time been a major political mover in the two regions.
He enjoys a cordial relationship with Raila and party bigwigs and also commands respect among both the elites and the hustlers.
He has been non-committal about his candidature for Kisumu Central but has been hosting a series of meetings and delegations ahead of the next polls. It will be interesting to see how Ouda and Oron lock horns in the highly emotive constituency which is very cosmopolitan and vote rich.