Siaya County Governor, Cornel Rasanga has declared that he will run for a parliamentary seat in the forthcoming 2022 general elections after his second term as governor expires in 2022.
Speaking during Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party delegates meeting on Friday, September 3, 2021 in Siaya County, Rasanga stated that he will vie for the Alego Usonga parliamentary seat in the 2022 General Election.
The Siaya County Governor also claimed that he was too young to retire from politics.
“I want to ask my people to consider voting me as their MP in 2022. I am not ready yet to go for retirement, for I have sharp brains and I’m still young,” Rasanga stated.
While speaking during the meeting, the governor dismissed his political competitors whom he claimed that are using his age to advance their political ambitions.
He added that he will traverse Alego Usonga Sub-County to sell his ideologies and policies to the people whom he claimed that will elect him based on his track record, not age.
“I am not going to stop my bid for the MP seat. I will traverse Alego Usonga Sub-County to sell my ideologies and policies to the people. It is time to bring in new leadership,” the governor said.
Rasanga made entry to the political scene when he vied for the Siaya Gubernatorial seat in 2013 and emerged as the winner. In 2017 he was re-elected as the Siaya Governor on an ODM party ticket.
Also present at the meeting was Raila’s brother and East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) representative, Oburu Odinga.
The Alego Usonga parliamentary seat is currently held by Samuel Atandi.
On his side, Atandi urged the Governor to retire peacefully adding that the parliamentary seat that he is eyeing does not match him.
“I want to ask Rasanga to retire peacefully. The parliamentary seat that he is eyeing does not match him. If I defeat him, he shall be a laughing stock and would lose respect he has earned in the past,” Atandi stated.
Rasanga has been criticised for poor leadership with corruption allegations dominating his tenure as governor.
Recently, a group of angry residents stormed the county headquarters, protesting alleged cases of financial impropriety at the county government. This was after West Asembo MCA, Ambrose Akuno confessed to receiving Ksh 150,000 bribe from the county executive.