SIAYA RACE

Alleged list of preferred candidates in Siaya is fake- Orengo

He has reiterated his ambition of vying for the county gubernatorial seat in 2022.

In Summary

• Recently, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi announced he is out of the Siaya gubernatorial race after wide consultation within ODM.

• the Minority Leader in the Senate said that he is not aware of any nominations that ODM has conducted anywhere in the country regarding the 2022 general elections.

WE’RE WATCHING: Siaya Senator James Orengo at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, on April 20.
WE’RE WATCHING: Siaya Senator James Orengo at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, on April 20.

Siaya Senator James Orengo has termed the article in some of the media houses alleging that there are preferred candidates for Siaya elective posts as fake.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Minority Leader in the Senate said that he is not aware of any nominations that ODM has conducted anywhere in the country regarding the 2022 general elections.

 “As far as I am aware, ODM has not conducted any nominations and there are no preferred candidates in Siaya County or elsewhere,” Orengo said.

The senator added that the party has in previous years subjected even the most party officials to nominations, which he believes will be the same ahead of the next general elections.

“Politics that is non-competitive is undemocratic and autocratic and belongs to the tragic past. The story is false and malicious and was meant to interfere with the ongoing voter registration exercise.”

He has reiterated his ambition of vying for the county gubernatorial seat in 2022.

“I also want to confirm that I am not in any contrived line-up of candidates and condemn any such moves to stifle democracy within the party.”

Recently, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi announced he is out of the Siaya gubernatorial race after wide consultation within ODM.

"Following extensive consultations with the ODM leadership and the rank and file of the party and, having listened keenly to the voices of my Ugunja constituents, I wish to make it known that I shall not be a candidate for the position of governor of Siaya county in 2022."

The decision leaves the gubernatorial contest in the hands of Orengo who will now face off against former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo and former police spokesman Charles Owino.

Siaya deputy governor James Okumbe is also eyeing the seat