PRESIDENTIAL BID REJECTED
MBITA August 29, 2011
BY: HABIL ONYANGO
A section of ODM MPs have shanned Tujus’s desire to contest for presidency against Nyanza’s favorite Odinga.
The leaders led by Ugenya MP James Orengo, Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo and Otieno kajwang of Mbita told Raphael Tuju who declared his presidential bid on Sunday that he has no place in Nyanza and in Kenya as a whole as a president.
This comes the same day the former advisor to president Kibaki and minister for foreign Affairs launches his bid for Presidency.
During his launch the former Rarienda MP said that he aims unify all the communities in the country for a better Kenya as tribalism has threatened the nationhood of this country.
He said the tribalism has threatened the nationhood of the country and promised to unify all communities for better Kenya.
The burial was also attended by Mrs. Idda Odinga, metropolitan assistant minister, Elizabeth Ongoro, Assistant Minister for home affairs Beatrice Kones, Budalangi Mp Ababu Namwamba and Sotik MP Joice Laboso.
Others included Nominated MP Rachel Sebesh, Oyugi Magwanga, James Rege Otieno Ogindo, Philip Okundi, Mark Matunga, COTU General Secretary Francis Atwoli, and Brian Weke among other mourners.
Atwoli appealed to leaders from Nyanza and western provinces to speak on one voice.
He said those who want to vie for the presidential posts in Kenya should be thoroughly be vetted and their development backgrounds should be known to the public.
He caused laughter when he told the mourners that among those who want to vie for the Presidential posts are not even able to feed insects and rodents.
“Some want to become the next President of Kenya while in their homes there is no rats while cockroaches because they cannot leave where there is no food” Atwoli said.
He thanked MPs for passing the law barring Presidential Candidates from vying for any other elective post saying those who are trying their lucks are bound to fail.
Tuju who lost his Rarieda parliamentary seat to Nicholas Gumbo becomes the latest into the Presidential race after Raila Odinga, William Ruto, Uhuru Kenyatta, Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua, and Peter Kenneth.
Others include Moses Wetangula, Mutava Musyimi, Eugene Wamalwa and Francis Olekyapi.
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