UoN don Nicholas Kut joins Alego-Usonga MP race

The lecturer said leaders who have a track record can not be worried of facing the voters.

In Summary

•Kut said he is not worried about talk of preferred candidates, saying he is confident he will floor the two leaders and become the next Alego-Usonga MP.

•Speaking to the Star, Kut said his focus at the moment was to mobilize youths to register as voters.

University of Nairobi lecturer Nicholas Kut Ochogo and Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi arriving at a function in Siaya county. - DICKENS WASONGA
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University don Nicholas Kut Ochogo is the latest entrant in the race for Alego-Usonga parliamentary in 2022.

The university of Nairobi lecturer promised the current MP Samuel Atandi and governor Cornel Rasanga a bruising battle for the ODM ticket.

Kut said he is not worried about talk of preferred candidates, saying he is confident he will floor the two leaders and become the next Alego-Usonga MP.

Speaking to the Star, Kut said his focus at the moment was to mobilize youths to register as voters.

"I am confident that when time comes for nomination, the party will conduct a free and fair primaries. Let's mobilise voters," he said.

The lecturer said leaders who have a track record can not be worried of facing the voters.

"If you have been in office and you are sure you did a good job during your tenure, then I don't think one should be worried. You can only be hesitant to face the electorate when you know you squandered your time by offering lip service," he said.

Rasanga also declared his intention clinch the seat. Rasanga made the announcement after receiving a group of defectors from Wiper Party to ODM at his home in Segere.

Keen to get the support from senator James Orengo's camp, governor Rasanga endorsed the senator as his preferred successor.

But Orengo threw his weight behind Atandi.

" My friendship with Atandi is tight and can not be broken by anything or anyone," he said.

Orengo also trashed claims of a lineup for any elective seat in Siaya county.

The move has caused panic in Rasanga's political camp with some of the people in his team asking governor to come up with a counter plan.

Among those eyeing Alego-Usonga include former Siaya gubenatorial hopeful William Oduol. Oduol gave Rasanga a run for his money in the 2013 contest.

He will be doing battle with Rasanga and the rest in 2022. Former area MP Omondi Muluan is also believed to be in the race to win back the seat he lost to Atandi on Wiper ticket.