Raila's Brother Goes After Orengo's Senatorial Seat 

  • East African Legislative Assembly Member Oburu Odinga at a political rally in April, 2019
    East African Legislative Assembly Member Oburu Odinga at a political rally in April, 2019
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  • Dr. Oburu Odinga, East African Legislative Assembly member, and brother to ODM party leader Raila Odinga has expressed interest in the Siaya Senatorial seat.

    The 78-year old politician said that he is best suited to represent the county due to his vast experience in legislation running over 29 years. He further said that he will officially kick off his bid.

    Speaking to Nation, he said that he learned from previous experiences not to vie for Governor.

    Oburu Odinga (left) and his brother ODM party leader Raila Odinga (right) at an event in june 19, 2019
    Oburu Odinga (left) and his brother ODM party leader Raila Odinga (right) at an event in june 19, 2019
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    "It is unfair to campaign and use a lot of funds only for some group of people to say that there is no way I will be governor and Raila also becomes President. They told me it will not augur well in the public domain," noted Oginga.

    In 2013, Oburu was disbarred from the Siaya governorship race by ODM National Appeals Board over claims of irregularities during the nominations, a decision he criticized as a denial of democracy.

    His two sons are also in the political bid. Elijah Oburu is eyeing the Kisumu central Parliamentary seat while 50-year-old Jaoko Oburu is eyeing the Bondo Parliamentary seat, a position previously held by his father. 

    Currently serving as the County executive committee member for Roads and public works, Jaoko confirmed that he had the blessing of his uncle Raila. 

    "I am very passionate about what I do and the journey Raila is on, was started by Jaramogi and I really want us to achieve it. Until then, I cannot be comfortable chasing after my dream before I help my uncle achieve this," added Jaoko.

    The Odinga family has political ambitions as most of them have eyes set on different positions. Ruth Odinga who was the former Kisumu deputy governor announced her bid for the Kisumu gubernatorial seat on February 18, 2021. She requested to be judged based on her manifesto and not her family name.

    Former Kisumu deputy governor, Ruth Adhiambo Odinga
    Former Kisumu deputy governor, Ruth Adhiambo Odinga
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