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“Matiang'i is Undermining Handshake” MP Claims as Raila’s ODM is Set to Face Off With Jubilee

ronaldcharley
By ronaldcharley | self meida writer
Published 26 days ago - 9182 views

Following recent talks that the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga was in trouble, latest move could see both parties face off in the upcoming Bonchari by-election.

Homabay MP George Peter Kaluma said both ODM party and Jubilee party have fielded a candidate for the seat unlike what was witnessed in the previous by-elections.

According to Kaluma, by President Uhuru’s Jubilee party fielding a candidate for the Bonchari by-election, he claimed that it was Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i fault for the face off.

Kaluma claimed that Matiang’i who comes for Kisii County was undermining the handshake by allowing Jubilee to have a candidate in the by-election for Bonchari Constituency, Kisii as the two parties have respected each other and not fielded candidates against each other in the past.

“Jubilee running a candidate against ODM in Bonchari. Matiang'i is undermining handshake,” said Kaluma.

In the past, after the handshake between the former Prime Minister and President Uhuru, the two parties were agreeing to have one candidate from either ODM or Jubilee party to compete in the by-election as the other candidate who withdrew from the race supports the other party’s candidate.

This time round it seems ODM and Jubilee party will have to face off after ODM announced that it has picked former Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) Director General Pavel Oimeke to fly the party’s flag in the Bonchari Parliamentary by-election.

Jubilee on the hand has settled on former MP Zebedeo Opore who will vie for the seat in the by-election that is slated for May 18th.

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) a party that is associated with Deputy President William Ruto had also announced that it will support the late Bonchari MP John Oyioka’s widow Teresa Bitutu for the seat while Musalia Mudavadi’s party, ANC, will field Jonah Ondieki.

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