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January 18, 2019

Nyanza residents protest over CDF office location

RESIDENTS in the newly-created constituencies in Nyanza have raised concerns over confusion in the location of constituency offices. Residents said they are unable to locate the CDF offices.

The defunct Interim Independent Electoral Boundaries Review Commission demarcated some constituencies with highest populations and came up with 80 more units in the whole country.

In Kisumu county, Kisumu Central was hived off Kisumu West constituency. Yesterday, angry Kisumu Central residents protested after they failed to locate the CDF offices.

The residents wanted to apply for bursaries for their children ahead of the new school term. They stormed the former Kisumu Town West constituency offices in Tom Mboya Estate but were turned away since the offices are longer for the CDF.

Angry parents later went to ODM regional offices to inquire on the whereabouts of MP Ken Obura. The offices at Tom Mboya Estate had been hired by former Kisumu West MP John Olago Aluoch. The Kisumu West office was relocated to a new ultramodern office at Ojola.

When contacted yesterday, Olago said, “We leased the office at Tom Mboya when the one at Ojola was under construction. The lease ended in November last year when we relocated.” He said that by now Kisumu Central should have leased a constituency office.

In Siaya County, there was confusion on the location of the CDF office of the newly-created Ugunja constituency. Ugunja was hived off Ugenya constituency which had its office at Ugunja centre.

In Homabay county, the new Homabay town constituency has also taken over the former Rangwe constituency office. Rangwe is yet to identify another CDF office.

The former Kasipul Kabondo constituency which was divided into Kabondo Kasipul and Kasipul constituencies also face confusion in the location of the offices.

In Migori county, former Migori constituency was divided into Suna East and Suna West. The office is now located at Suna East and Suna West administration is yet to identify a location for their office.

Awendo constituency which was hived off Rongo constituency lacks a CDF office. New CDF committees are yet to be constituted since new rules have been formulated on how they are to be formed.

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