The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) wants some candidates in Trans Nzoia County under Azimio la Umoja to drop their candidature in order to increase their chances of winning more seats and block Kenya Kwanza Alliance candidates from getting an easy win.
Speaking in Saboti, the Azimio la Umoja campaign manager, Moses Khaoya, said it is high time the DAP-K candidates in some areas step down and back ODM candidates the way ODM stepped down for DAP-K gubernatorial candidate George Natembeya.
Raila had also endorsed Musoke Muliro for the Senatorial seat and incumbent MP Caleb Amisi for the Saboti Constituency, both from ODM.
Khaoya said when Raila Odinga was in Trans Nzoia County on a political tour, he endorsed George Natembeya (DAP-K) for Trans Nzoia after a deep conversation with him (Khaoya) to step down and join Raila’s campaign team with responsibilities to search for votes in the North Rift assisted by Esther Koli, who was his running mate.
In her speech, Ms. Esther Koli challenged women to come out in large numbers and vote for Raila Odinga and Martha Karua for State House come August 9th.
The DAP-K gave a direct ticket to the former Saboti MP, David Wafula Lazaro, and former County Assembly Speaker, Joshua Werunga, for the Senatorial, the seats that ODM wants to be left for its candidates.
Werunga has been heard several times saying he will not release the chance to get lost. He said he has chances of winning the seat with his agenda of solving the chronic problems facing the people of Trans Nzoia, such as through petitions to the Senate to solve problems related to land.
On his hand, Muliro Musoke, who spoke to the Western Kenya Times in Kitale, said Trans Nzoia has failed in terms of development due to poor oversight from both the National Assembly and the County Assembly, asking voters to reject six-piece voting instead to vote for good leaders.
Mike Musungu is a reporter at Radio Simba in Bungoma and a correspondent of Trans Nzoia County for the Western Kenya Times.