Raila Speaks on ODM’s Defeat in Msambweni By-election

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Leader Raila Odinga has broken his silence after his candidate, Omar Boga was defeated in the just concluded Msambweni parliamentary by-election.

Boga, a handshake candidate lost to independent candidate Feisal Bader who enjoyed the support of Deputy President William Ruto.

Speaking during an interview with KTN’s Ken Mijungu on Wednesday, December 16, the former Prime Minister consoled himself for the loss stating that the winner “was actually a member of ODM party”.

Raila also described ODM’s loss in the mini-poll as “the nature of elections where sometimes you win and lose”.

“ODM lost to an independent candidate but you also need to know that this independent candidate was actually a member of ODM but he did not want to participate in the nomination exercise and chose to be independent.”

“There are a number of people who voted for him, who are ODM members because of the work he did when he was the assistant to the late Dori,” he said.

The ODM boss also accused MPs allied to DP Ruto of bribing voters during the election day adding that the behavior is unethical and should be discouraged going forward.

He also recanted his previous statement that Boga’s defeat would mean trouble for Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) saying that he was misunderstood.

Odinga clarified that he meant to say BBI may have an uphill task in Msambweni if the handshake candidate failed.

“I was not talking about the BBI nationally. I just said BBI would have a problem in Msambweni,” he said.

Odinga in Nyanza

Raila said people are free to interpret the loss in Msambweni whichever way they want but as far as he is concerned, it was not a nationwide popularity contest for ODM.

He also maintained that the party still enjoys massive support of the coastal people despite the Msambweni loss.

The ODM boss added that the party was doing an analysis of the by-election and would soon come up with answers on what might have gone wrong.

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