PM risks reputation in South Mugirango by-election
Date: Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 17:27:27 CDT
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SOUTH MUGIRANGO - The Government has beefed up security in South Mugirango constituency ahead of Thursday by-election as several leaders pitched tent in the area to campaign for their candidates.

According to the Nyanza Provincial Police boss (PPO) Njue Njagi, security has been tightened as the campaigns reach climax.

"Security agencies have been instructed to monitor the situation and especially those who may cause a breach of the peace during the campaigns and on the material day" he said.

Njue, was speaking to the press in his office in Kisumu.

With only two days to go, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and several other leaders including Higher Education Minister William Ruto traversed the constituency to woo voters.

The Premier who is the party leader led at least ten sitting Members of Parliament on Sunday  including three cabinet Ministers to drum support for the ODM party candidate Ibrahim Ochoi.

Ochoi and the former Assistant Minister for Trade running on People's Democratic Party candidate, Omingo Magara are the top contenders.

Ruto in a show of defiance has thrown his weight behind Magara who fell out with his party and defected to PDP.

Candidates battling against Magara besides Ochoi include Manson Oyongo (Ford-P), Ezekiel Okengo (Narc-K), Abaga Sagero (NVP), Rashid Miyonga (PPK), Ezekiel Okemwa (Kenda), Joash Ombati Kengere (LPK), Masta Bw'Ondara (KSC), Robert Mbaka (Safina) and John Ondora (Kanu).

Odinga on Monday cautioned residents of South Mugirango against getting sucked into tribal politics ahead of Thursday's parliamentary by- election.
Odinga who has been on a two day campaign tour of South Mugirango drummed up suport for ODM candidate Ibrahim Ochoi in a bid to ensure that the party recaptured the parliamentary seat during the polls.

The seat became vacant last year after a successful petition against the election of then ODM national treasurer Omingo Magara.

Magara has since ditched the party after he failed to get direct nomination and decamped to PDP.

The Premier who was accompanied by 14 members of parliament including five cabinet ministers made a series of rallies in Tabaka and Nyamarembe and urged residents to vote for the party's candidate.

He said ODM upheld democratic ideals and that was why it rejected Magara's demand for a direct nomination as it wanted to give other contestants a chance.

The ODM party leader clarified that during the 2007 elections party chairman Henry Kosgey, party secretary general Anyang' Nyongo and Magara had been given direct nominations but this time round the party decided to make nominations more competitive.

"Last time we gave Magara direct nomination but this time he opted to stay out of the party nomination processes claiming that the party was tribal and selective," Odinga said.

He insisted that ODM had a national outlook contrary to claims by other candidates for the seat.


This article comes from The kenya

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