I'll beat Gumbo with huge margin, Orengo says in final campaign

The Siaya senator also appealed for peace during the vote

In Summary
  • Orengo addressed various rallies in Bondo constituency as he wound up his campaigns.
  • He also urged for peace before, during and after the August 9 general election.


James Orengo speaks in Segere on Monday, August 1, 2022.
ELECTION D-DAY James Orengo speaks in Segere on Monday, August 1, 2022.
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Senator James Orengo has exuded confidence of winning the Siaya governor's seat, saying he will trounce rival Nicholas Gumbo with a huge margin.

Orengo who addressed various rallies in Bondo constituency in his final campaign also appealed for peace during the vote.

"The governor seat is, without a doubt, is going to go my way. We are going to win with a substantial majority," Orengo told reporters.

The Siaya governor race is a two-horse race between Orengo and Gumbo, a former Rarieda MP.

Orengo is running on the ODM party ticket whereas Gumbo is contesting on the UDM ticket. Both parties are Azimio la Umoja affiliates.

Gumbo held a mega rally at Memba Primary School grounds in Rarieda as he too sought to make final submissions to the electorate.

The Former MP said the people of Siaya will not elect Orengo because he has "nothing to show for his over four decades in political leadership."

According to Gumbo, he will on the D-Day triumph over Orengo early in the morning.

Oscar Omondi, a Senate aspirant aligned to the Gumbo faction warned the IEBC against rigging-in some candidates.

"Our opponents in Orengo camp are bragging that we (team Gumbo) will win but won't be declared winners. The IEBC must serve the will of the people," Omondi said.

Throughout the campaign period, Orengo's running mate William Oduol has incessantly reminded Gumbo that he won't be declared winner.

"The people may love you and you become popular but you (Gumbo) won't be declared winner of the election because you have no links with Raila," Oduol is fond of saying.

Oduol went about reminding the people that he (Oduol) was the most popular governor candidate in 2013 but was not declared winner for having antagonised Raila.

Siaya county IEBC County Returning Officer Catherine Bulinda said candidates should station poll agents all over to help keep watch over the integrity of the vote.

But Omondi was skeptical saying physical agents may not help after all; if the system is hellbent to rig the vote against the will of the majority.

"The buck stops with IEBC. Agents may not help much."

Meanwhile, Orengo said the mood of the nation is revealing that Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga is going to triumph.

The senior counsel noted that Raila's competitors in the Kenya Kwanza brigade led by William Ruto are already panicking.

Accordingly, he wants Ruto and his team to demonstrate patriotism and prepare for a Raila presidency and be ready to concede defeat.

"The tide changed when the 'handshake' happened. Kenya Kwanza is already complaining a lot; indicative of people who are preparing to deal with the loss."Orengo urged IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati to preside over a free, fair, credible and verifiable elections so as not to attract court petitions later.

"I hope this time around we are not going to waste time in court petitions.

"In 2017, the Supreme Court nullified the presidential win of President Uhuru Kenyatta over "irregularities and illegalities" followed a petition by the now defunct NASA coalition

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