Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has maintained that his party candidate, Pavel Oimeke will be on the ballot box for the forthcoming Bonchari parliamentary by-election despite plea by President Uhuru’s allies to withdraw its candidate from the race in favour of Jubilee Party.
The two most popular parties will face each other in Bonchari by-election set for May 18, 2021 despite the fact that they have joined hands in the past by-elections following the handshake between Uhuru and Raila.
Reports revealed that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s had attempted to make ODM party withdraw from the race.
In his statement, the former Prime Minister told his allies at his Karen home in Nairobi County that he believes that ODM party’s candidate will emerge victorious in the Bonchari by-election.
“We are in Bonchari to win the by-election. I want to see victory. I have my own information that our candidate is the strongest. Let us proceed,” Raila said.
The Bonchari parliamentary seat fell following the death of John Oroo Oyioka who died at a Kisumu hospital on Monday, February 15, 2021 after a long illness.
Oyioka, a first-time Member of Parliament was elected to the National Assembly in 2017 on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket, trouncing the then MP John Zebedeo Opore to clinch the seat.
His death was confirmed by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, who described him as an active Member of Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Education, Research and Technology.
“It is sadly another dark moment for us as a Parliamentary fraternity. Very sad to learn this evening that we have lost the Member of Parliament for Bonchari Constituency, the Hon. John Oroo Oyioka,” Muturi said.
“Hon. Oyioka, who was serving his first term, was an active Member of the Departmental Committee on Education, Research and Technology. He will be remembered for his advocacy towards improved quality of education in the country. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” he added.