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Kenya: My Candidacy Won’t Ruin My Brother’s Bid, Says Aspirant

Posted by African Press International on January 17, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

A Kisumu East Parliamentary aspirant on a United Republican Party (URP) ticket has denied claims that her candidacy will ruin her brother’s re-election bid.
Irene Odhiambo Onunga, the URP Kisumu East candidate said her bid will not affect her brother, Jacktone Onunga’s bid to be re-elected as Nyalenda Ward councilor on a ODM ticket.
“I know that my brother will be elected because of his development record and policies, my association with a rival a party will not hamper his chances”, Ms Odhiambo said.
Jacktone Onunga was elected the Nyalenda ward councilor in the last elections and is seeking to be re-elected in the Orange party for a second term.
She however stated that she was supporting her brother’s bid regardless of whether the Jubilee Alliance fields a candidate in the ward or not.
“I am fully behind my brother’s bid and I know he will triumph just as I know that he supports my bid despite the different parties”, she added.
Ms Odhiambo hit out at the former Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir whom he said had not adequately addressed the issues of the people. She promised to empower women and the youth if elected and to create job opportunities for her constituents.
“I was born and bred in Kisumu and I therefore understand the problems that affect the people, I therefore feel I have what it takes to tackle the issues”, Ms Odhiambo said.
The former human rights activist dismissed claims that URP was not popular in Nyanza lauding the people for accepting other parties. She added that ODM was no longer the popular party in the region and the March 4 elections would prove that.
“I know that the people will not vote on party lines but will vote according to the person’s ability and track record”, she said.
She also defended Jubilee presidential aspirant Uhuru Kenyatta and running mate William Ruto running for elective posts despite the charges facing them stating that the decision was for Kenyans to decide.
She said they would be vindicated and cleared of all charges allowing them to govern the country and implement their policies.
She promised to ensure that residents acquire title deeds for their lands, ensure farmers get loans and to improve the infrastructure of the constituency through the constituency development fund (CDF).
Irene is expected to vie for the Kisumu Central seat that was held by Shakeel Shabbir who is also seeking a second term and will be aiming to win the primaries at the nominations.



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