Kidero asked to declare his party status

Kasipul Kabondo MP Oyugi Magwanga has challenged Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to either accept or deny being the patron of Maendeleo Democratic Party.

This comes after Kidero’s declared his support for Philip Okundi, a Homa Bay Senator candidate under the MDP ticket.

Magwanga also asked Rangwe MP George Oner and Karachuonyo’s James Rege to resign from ODM and seek fresh mandates within MDP.

“I want to tell Kidero to come out clearly and confirm or deny that he is not the Maendeleo party patron and those who are opposed to ODM candidate Moses Kajwang’s candidature for the Homa Bay Senatorial seat to resign,” he told the Star on phone on Wednesday.

Magwanga further asked Kidero to appreciate his election on an ODM ticket.

“We cannot have a constituency which wants to be in charge of all leadership positions. The power must be distributed in the entire county,” he said.

Magwanga acknowledged that MPs have the right to support their candidates of choice in the race, but warned that ODM should not end up divided.

ODM gave Kajwang a direct nomination for the senate seat which fell vacant after the death of his brother Otieno Kajwang in November 2014.

During the 2013 general elections, it was reportedly agreed that the governor’s post be reserved for Karachuonyo, senator for Suba and women’s rep for Rangwe. Kidero and Okundi however hail from Rangwe.