SCOUTING FOR NEW PARTY

Kisii governor aspirant Otundo ditches UDA, cites frustrations

Says faction pulled her down at the last minute in favour of Nyaribari Masaba MP Ezekiel Machogu

In Summary

•She said she has been at the forefront in selling the party’s ideologies and agenda but unfortunately it settled on Machogu who has been seeking support from National Agenda Party.

•Otundo said she will not wait to be nominated after the general election.

Gusii Governance Watch secretary Rachael Otundo in her office.
Gusii Governance Watch secretary Rachael Otundo in her office.
Image: BENSON NYAGESIBA

Rachael Otundo, one of Kisii governor aspirants, on Tuesday ditched United Democratic Alliance citing frustrations.

Otundo said she is scouting for a new party.

She said UDA pulled her down at the last minute in favour of Nyaribari Masaba MP Ezekiel Machogu, seeking to succeed Governor James Ongwae.

About two weeks ago, Deputy President William Ruto received Machogu at Taracha during his visit.

“It seems elected leaders are out to pull down strong women from big parties. However, I tell them backwards never, forward ever,” Otundo said.

She said she has been at the forefront in selling the party’s ideologies and agenda but unfortunately it settled on Machogu who has been seeking support from National Agenda Party.

“I assure the electorates I am determined to go to the end,” she said.  

She said she will not wait to be nominated after the general election.

This, she said, will make the electorate lose trust in women who seek political office in future.

Women Rep Janet Ong’era who was also in the race to succeed Ongwae, withdrew from the race to defend her seat.

Otundo will be battling out with nine aspirants including Machogu, former Transport CAS Chris Obure, Senator Sam Ongeri, KNC leader Manson Nyamweya,  Simba Arati(Dagorret North), Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, UDA National Treasurer  Omingo Magara, Charles Matoke, Alfred Akunga and Josiah Onyacha.

She called for support from well-wishers and those interested in uplifting women in politics saying, strong women have gone through the same and fallen prey thus dropping their interest.

Otundo, who is the Secretary of Kisii county Governance Watch, a non-governmental organization, called on NGOs to support women who are sacrificing through material support, paying their agents and conducting civic education.

“I am urging our voters to look at reality and vote for personalities and not parties. Parties have their owners,” she said.

Edited by Kiilu Damaris

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