Raila Odinga never endorsed me, says Ababu Namwamba

Labour Party leader Ababu Namwamba. ON 04/04/2017 PHOTO: JENIPHER WACHIE

Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba denied National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s claim that he helped him to win the parliamentary seat two times.

During a recent tour of Busia, Raila said he lifted Namwamba’s hand to signal that he was the chosen Orange party candidate for the Budalang’i parliamentary seat.

Namwamba dared the NASA flagbearer to endorse the ODM candidate for the Budalang’i constituency seat, Raphael Wanjala, and see if he will win the seat.

“I heard him (Raila) say he held my hand. Where? I’m the one who campaigned rigorously,” he said.

He added that ODM was no longer as strong in Busia as it was when his Funyula counterpart, Paul Otuoma, and he were still in the party.

Raila lifted Wanjala’s hand at Siagonjo Stadium in Budalang’i and urged constituents to vote for him. Raila said he had helped Namwamba to shine politically only for the MP to ditch ODM for the Jubilee Party.


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The Opposition chief compared Namwamba to a housefly that was so hungry that it drank milk to its death. Ababu was speaking in Funyula.

His Labour Party of Kenya is supporting Dan Barasa (Jubilee) for the Busia gubernatorial seat.

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