Raila’s lieutenants in Nyanza now blame CORD supporters for his predicaments

Monday, the 25th of March 2013 - The Kenyan DAILY POST can confirm that a group of leaders from Nyanza yesterday expressed their frustration with the region’s voter turnout in the March 4th elections saying it contributed largely to CORD’s failure to emerge as the clear winner of the Presidential election.

The leaders Cornel Rasanga (Siaya Governor-elect), Ruth Odinga (Kisumu Deputy Governor-elect) and Member of Parliament Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem) and Gideon Ochanda (Bondo) made the comments at the funeral of Ms Selina Guda in Rarieda.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga was present at the funeral but did not raise the issue. The first of the politicians to bring up the matter was Ms Odinga (the PM’s younger sister) who accused some of the people of selling their voter’s cards;

“Almost 50,000 votes were not cast in Kisumu alone because people sold their ID cards, and then women refused to vote,” she said.

Ms Odinga’s sentiments were echoed by Midiwo (the PM’s cousin) who said that some of the voters had registered to vote in places like Nairobi but had travelled upcountry to escape possible post-election violence;

“Why do you have to travel when the war was just about to begin and those votes were the weapons?” he posed.

For his part Rasanga told the mourners present that they should procreate more so that they can compete better in future elections.

The PM used his speaking time to thank those voters who tsook the time to vote;

“You did well and I thank you for that, just know that the struggle is not over yet,” he said.



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