Mr Geoffrey Mulanya was denied an ODM party certificate on flimsy grounds, he is contesting as an independent
Residents in the populous Nambale constituency of Busia County are reeling in shock after being saddled with a stranger, picked for them by the ODM party’s top hierarchy as their candidate to run as a Member of Parliament in the August general elections. The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is the most popular political movement in Busia County.
The choice of Mr Kevin Okwara through a direct party nomination process did not go down well with most people in the county who argue that the move by the party was unfair towards a die-hard longtime supporter and financier of the party Mr Geoffrey Mulanya, he was denied a party certificate on flimsy grounds. He is contesting as an independent.
Mr Mulanya has in the past contested on the ODM party ticket twice against Mr Sakwa Bunyasi of the ANC party and lost on both attempts, he remains a household name within the constituency and most residents say that he is likely to win the seat this time round on whatever political party he chooses. On the other hand, Mr Okwara has never offered any tangible support to the party or residents; he, therefore, deserves no sympathy from voters.
Most voters in the constituency are asking questions as to why they should vote for a “Stranger” imposed on them by the party and leave out their own in Mr Mulanya? Mr Okwara is a man who does not understand the daily problems faced by us the voters, he didn’t grow up with us and he, therefore, does understand our problems.
Mr Phillip Masinde was the first MP for Nambale after having contested against the then MP of the larger Busia East constituency the Late Mukasa Mango in the 1988 general elections. Mr Chris Okemo who had earlier been his campaign ousted Mr Masinde. Okemo holds the record of having served as the only MP who served for three terms in the constituency that has since been divided into Matayos and Nambale.
Mr John Sakwa Bunyasi, the outgoing MP attempted to oust Chris Okemo twice and failed, he got lucky on his third attempt in 2013, and he has retained the seat for two terms. He is now eying the more powerful and influential office of governor for Busia County.
Mr Okwara’s parents abandoned Busia more than 50 years ago and settle in Turbo, Uasin Gishu County. They have never been back home in acknowledge their roots since then despite their wealth. They have no home or residential house here. The truth is that Mr Okwara knows nothing and has no tangible agenda for Nambale apart from personal interests.
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