Oburu Odinga declines nomination to EALA


By Margaret Kalekye

KBC Radio_KICD Timetable

Nominated MP Oburu Oginga has withdrawn his application for the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) slot.

Addressing journalists Monday morning, Oburu instead announced that he was preparing for retirement from active politics.

He said he could not take up the position since he needed time to pursue other things including concentrating on his businesses.

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“I would like to have time to reorganise my own things, my own businesses and think about the future,’’

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Oburu said if he wanted the position, he would have just competed with the other Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidates as an individual and not as the brother of Raila Odinga as portrayed.

He further said he had withdrawn his candidature to concentrate on NASA Presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga campaigns.

Oburu defended the Odinga’s family saying no member of his family should be denied any position just because Raila Odinga is their relative.

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“I was taken aback by the reckless statement by Majority Leader Aden Duale calling me all sorts of names claiming I have no right to be nominated. I am entitled to all rights enjoyed by other Kenyans,” he said.

“As an individual am qualified and entitled to be nominated to represent the people. I want to tell him I have been elected four times by the Bondo of people” he added.

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There has been uproar on social media and from different political quarters following Oburu’s nomination and that of Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Oburu last month lost Bondo ODM primaries to incumbent Gideon Ochanda.

The former assistant minister of finance had previously served as Bondo MP in 1994 before losing in the 2013 general elections.

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