Just days ago, Police spokesman Charles Owino made clear his political intention, and also gave clear and vivid signals that he would be vying for the Siaya Gubernatorial seat on an ODM ticket. However, a press release that has subsequently been given by the Orange Democratic Party has all but killed any hopes that Charles Owino had of vying for the seat on an ODM ticket.
Charles Owino had said on Mayienga FM, a dholuo affiliate of KBC that he would seek early retirement and run for office.
“I am 50 years old and I am allowed to retire from police service. I will ask the police service commission and my boss in December to allow me go and vie for the Siaya governor’s seat.”
As for his party of choice, he defended his decision saying, “Even in the US, there are those States that are popular with either Democrats or Republicans and so you choose which party best augers well with the people around you”
However, after ODM released their terms and conditions that will be required for one to have before he can be allowed to vie on an ODM ticket, it is clear that he will not be able to qualify.
While most of the requirements are within his reach and can easily be met, there are two impossible conditions.
The first one requires that a contestant must have been an ODM member one year prior to applying for interest in the party’s ticket. As per now, it is doubtful whether Mr. Owino is a member.
Second, and more crucial, is that in the case of civil servants, one is required to resign this position and register with the party by August of this year. Mr. Owino, on the other hand, had said that he didn’t intend to resign until December.
This latest communication from ODM will no doubt be a major blow to the senior policeman who not only intended to join politics, but also make a change.
I will ensure that sustainable projects like water projects are initiated for the benefit of our people…within 10 years I will transform Siaya to be the best county because I have the brains to do so. I have served in different positions including as a trainer at the CID Training School. I studied political science and communications at university and so I understand what politics is,” he had said.