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‘ODM Still Intact,’ Raila Dismisses Claims of Divisions And Loss Of Influence

AU High Representative on Infrastructure Raila Odinga. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has dismissed claims of weakness and divisions within his party.

He said that the loss by ODM candidates in the recently concluded By elections in Ugenya and Emnbakasi South were not a big deal.

The party and the Secretary general Edwin Sifuna had come under fire after Kenyans on twitter said that the party’s influence in Ugenya was weakening. The legislators hailing from the party had opted to adress National issues in the campaigns rather addressing the issues faced by the people in Ugenya.

David Ochieng from the Movement of Democracy and Growth party (MDG) has been declared the winner of the Ugenya By-election trumping ODM Chris Karan.

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Ochieng garnered 18,730 over Karan’s 14,507 to clinch the seat as the member of parliament for Ugenya constituency.

n Embakasi South, ODM candidate Irshad Sumra conceded defeat after Julius Mawathe of the Wiper Democratic party. He said that he lost because Mawathe had planned well for the By election.

Mawathe garnered 21,628 votes, Irshad Sumra came in second with 7,988.

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Written by Merxcine Cush

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