From: Chak Rachar
LUO MPs IN POLITICAL DILEMMA,THEIR SCORECARDS AND PERFORMANCES
By Our Political Writer
Most luo MPs who have been beneficiaries of Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s flawed party’s nominations rules are in dilemma after it has become evident that with the new constitution it will be the task of Kenya’s electoral body to conduct political party’s nominations and issue the respective outright winners with party’s nominations certificates.
Beneficiaries like immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang’, Lands Minister James Orengo his Medical Services counterpart Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, Nyando MP Fred Outa and Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo are some of the beneficiaries who were issued with ODM nominations certificates yet they never deserved and were defeated pants down and bailed out by Raila Odinga.
Presently luos have vowed to vote for their leaders as individuals and not Raila’s song prayers and chatterboxes who are are always going to help “Raila up there”.
“As luos we want to follow the trend of other tribes who usually elect individuals and not those forced on us by Raila,we will teach Raila a lesson this time as those who he gave us are a totallet down”most people within luo Nyanza usually says.
Just a look as to how the MPs have performed and their chances of going back to parliament.
1 -UGENYA CONSITUENCY-JAMES AGRREY BOB ORENGO.
From the mismanagement of his constituency’s CDF fund to full fledged corruption in his Ministry of Lands which elicited outcry from the Law Society of Kenya,Orengo has totally failed to be the man who many people thought he is or would be.
He is a man said to be tasked by President Kibaki to “check” on Raila as is evident during the signing of the MOU towards the establishment of the Grand Coalition and misled Raila to sign a document which wholly supported and given President Kibaki most powers.
He made himself so close to Raila that he knows what the man thinks, breathes and reports to President on daily basis.
He was literally helped to parliament after he was seen by many that he could not contain Steve Mwanga’s political power in Ugenya by then.
Despite the split of the constituency he presently represents, for Orengo to be elected again it will be like a miracle.
He is accused of being elusive and so slippery to his constituents in both Nairobi and Ugenya.
2 -ALEGO USONGA-EDWIN OCHIENG’ YINDA.
Despite being elected on the platform that voters of Alego Usonga “owed” him,Yinda has really failed to be what they expected out of him.
He is neither seen in parliament nor both his Siaya and Nairobi homes unlike before his election, he was really visible and accessible.
He has failed to set the standard of his development record equal that of the man he took over from Arthur Weya.
His CDF office is composed mainly of his cronies, sycophants and yes men who milks the fund with impunity.
Yinda has reached the apex of his politics and he is likely never to be elected again anywhere within Siaya County as people have seen his true nature.
3 -BONDO-OBURU ODINGA
Apart from taking round cabbage vegetables and one sack of millet flour to every funeral,nothing much can be written about Dr.Oburu on top of impoverishing political contestants whom he milks with impunity.
Many luo political aspirants are poor due to Oburu.
He is a stumbling block majorly to Gideon Ochanda whose two previous appointments as a commission has been revoked through his plea to Raila that should Ochanda be given “job” then he is doomed.
Many await his recent announcement that he is likely to go for Siaya Governorship is still awaited with held breath.
4 – RARIEDA -NICHOLAS GUMBO.
Gumbo has failed million times to fit into the shoes of former Foreign Affairs Minister Raphael Tuju.
He has no tangible development he has initiated since his entry to parliament and usually hovers like a vulture in most of the projects Tuju had started.
Many Rarieda voters wonder why they elected a man who could not be made a cabinet Minister and opted out a man who had an ear of the president and was powerful.
He tried to re-locate Rarieda district headquarter which has really made him unpopular coupled with putting his cronies in CDF committee and the misuse of the fund.
Gumbo is a man in real dilemma as he bids parliament good bye with his collapsed engineering firm facing financial problems..
Should Otiende Amollo and Fred Athuok decides to go for the seat then he will have to retreat to his Ngong rd office where he used to be.
Gumbo has totally failed to click and Rarieda voters really wonder why they elected him
5 -KISUMU TOWN EAST-SHAKEEL SHABBIR AHMED
He made his entry into politics as a nominated Councillor then Kisumu Mayor and presently a Member of Parliament, he is said to set his eyes on the Kisumu Governorship.
Among his major achievements so far are; he has brought electricity to nearly all parts of his constituency including Kajulu and Kolwa.
He has also completed the construction of Omollo-Ogoro bridge which sucked a lot of millions during the reign of his predecessor Erick Gor Sungu as it is presently passable.
He is also behind the renaming of Mamboleo-Kasete road which is presently being used for the first time in twenty five years.
The Kilo-Kotuoro-Nyalenda and Chiga-Luanda-Buoye roads which are now in better conditions as well as renovation of Gita Health Centre and Construction and fully furnishing of six laboratories in six secondary schools within his constituency are some of his major achievements.
He has made Kibos School a centre of excellence within Kisumu East Constituency.
The men who used to oppose him most like Eng.Job Ndege and Onyango Ollo appeared to be financially and ideally broke.
Shabbir can go back to parliament again if he opts not to go for the Governorship.
6 -KISUMU RURAL-PETER ANYANG’ NYONG’O.
The major undoing of Prof.Nyong’o is his turning deaf to complaints about his CDF office which is said to be a cash cow which is milked by both the officials and tenderers who hardly do any tangible work.
The office is riddled with corruption and he needs to take urgent action in regard to it.
He is rumored to be eyeing the governorship which he is likely not to get as it can be recalled that Raila gave him a direct nomination to be an ODM party ticket bearer during the last general elections which never augured well with his constituents who staged a demo in the major market centres of the constituency.
Should a free and fair nomination process be conducted, then Nyong’o should be prepared to retreat to his Ratta home
7 -KISUMU TOWN WEST-JOHN OLAGO ALUOCH.
The tall gigantic University of Nairobi School of Law graduate’s development record within the mostly Urban Kisumu Town West Constituency can not be counted as they are beyond counting and documenting.
Most Institutions of learning, Health Centers and infrastructures are all courtesy of him.
What he has done to his constituency for the few years in parliament are said to be compared to a ten year old plan.
A regular debater in parliament who when he addresses his colleagues can be said to have been in the house since his child birth and leaves his colleagues glaringly in ewe with eyes askance.
He is one of the few legal consultants of Prime Minister Raila Odinga,he is undecided as which constituency to go for; whether the newly launched Kisumu North Constituency or the Urban kisumu Town as he is said to be in demand and still admired in both constituencies.
Olago can go back to parliament anytime elections are held even if its midnight.
8 -MUHORONI-PATRICK AYIECHO OLWENY. .
“Nyakwar Alesi” as he is known is behind the rival of rice and cane farming within his vast constituency.
He is a former University of Nairobi and Maseno lecturer who has really agitated for the education of Girl –Child through the establishment of St.Rita and Francissacan Capuccin Masogo Girls Secondary Schools.
He is behind the establishment of seventeen secondary schools,nine health centres,drilling of boreholes and overhauling of most health facilities within the constituency since his election to parliament.
Two Youth Polytechnics Raila Odinga and Kibigori together with Kegoche College of Technology and Mariwa are as a result of his brainchild.
“As an educationist, I have tried to uplift standard of education within my constituency ,the poorly managed schools have at least build one classroom each while the fairly managed ones we have helped to build four classrooms while those who have finely managed the funds we have helped to build up to six classrooms”Ayiecho added .
He has also established Miwani Resource Centre and helped through CDF fund renovated most Provincial Administration offices and has managed to initiate a lot of floods control and build severally foot bridges and drainage work within the constituency.
Indeed it will be a tall order to have his replacement given that his electorates have total confidence in him.
9 -NYAKACH-OCHIENG POLLINS “DAIMA”.
Might also be life term Member of Parliament of his constituency if he opts to, his constituents says that he is a man of action and not of empty words.
He is behind the murmuring of Kodong’a-Bodi road together with Nyamaroka-Kokumu-Bodi roads which previously were impassible and could not be accessed.
He is also behind the establishment of new schools like Ramula,Odowa,Apondo kapondo ,Kogolla etc etc together with youth Polytechnics like Rota and Kandaria.
The only area he needs to address is the cattle rustling menace and supply rural power to his constituents.
He is behind the Nyakach water project which supplies water to the entire Nyakach presently and upgrading of schools,health cemntres and offices of the Provincial Administration through his CDF fund which is said to be one of the most well managed within the Country.
Should he decide to contest again then he is likely to be elected again
10 -NYANDO-FRED OUTA.
One man who is always permanently out of order in Kenya’s parliament, nothing worthwhile can be written about his leadership in Nyando which is known as a one term constituency.
He is said to be behind the demotion of most teachers within his constituency who he perceives not to toe his political line as well as exploitation of rice farmers within the constituency who kicked him out of the rice co-operative within the constituency.
A man who was once rice broker for a Thika based rice processing company Outa either always fights with Pastors,Chiefs,boda boda and tuk tuk operators who usually do not toe his political line.
His mismanagement of his CDF fund made his constituents to go to court to stop the funding further.
Should forget any political elected seat in luoland due to his arrogance,his academic capability is questionable due to his one English word he knows of “ I gonna”
11 -KASIPUL-KABONDO-JOSEPH OYUGI MAGWANGA-“JOSSY” .
The soft speaking hard-to-notice legislator who won the Kasipul /Kabondo parliamentary seat while least expected is a real grass root man who seems to always hate to to be in the media and receive undue publicity.
He has managed to help nearly all secondary schools within his constituency to buy school buses and did all that is required of a Member of Parliament .
However his critic says that the school buses are not viable as the schools needs more than the said buses.
He is behind all the developments within his constituency and has a one hundred and one percent chance of going back to parliament.
12 -KARACHUONYO-JAMES KWANYA REGGE-“Ja Beyi” .
He is behind the internet installation within the entire Karachuonyo Constituency and distributing computers in nearly all learning institutions for them to be computer literate.
The man whom he defeated former Planning Minister Adhu Awiti seems to be tired of criticizing him as many asks him what he did to the constituency for the duration he was in Parliament.
He is behind Karachuonyo Water Supply Project which presently supplies water to the entire populace of Karachuonyo.
The multi-million resource Centre in Kendu Bay is his brainchild and the only man who could have stood on his way to re-election is former Marie Stopes County Director Cyprian Otieno Awiti who has opted to go for the Governorship of Homa Bay County.
He has made roads which were initially impossible to use to be used presently courtesy of his hard work within the constituency.
Should he opt to defend his seat,he is likely to be re-elected
13 -RANGWE-MARTIN OGINDO .
Ogindo was once a ticketing officer in most markets within Kisumu and his chameleone like lifestyle misled his constituents to elect him voting out the aging and imbecile Phillip Okundi.
He has been presently declared a persona non-grata in his constituency which is evident to the jeering, heckling and booing he receives whenecer he attends any public gathering within the constituency.
At one point his constituents told Raila that they were tired withy Ogindo and Raila retorted back to them that its them who elected him.
Rumors had it that he was contemplating going for the seat of Homa Bay County speaker but his limited academic level might be his undoing.
He has done absolutely nothing in Rangwe worth writing home about and his chances of going back to parliament are absolutely nil.
14 -NDHIWA-ORWA JOSHUA OJODE
The most independent, popular and one of the few wealthy luo politicians presently, he can be a life Member of Parliament.
Ojodeh has made Ndhiwa what it presently is due to good infrastructures, better schools and has done all a development conscious leader is needed from.
He has very limited time for funeral and roadside politics and his critics have been branding him a Raila critic yet he is one of the leading financiers of the luo-de facto political leader Raila Odinga.
He is said to be going for the Senator seat which most of his constituents are against saying he should still be their MP.
He is likely to go back to parliament if he opts to..
15 -RONGO-DALMAS OTIENO ANYANGO
His constituents says that the Dalmas they elected is not the Dalmas the current Minister, todate they lament why the never elected Ochillo Ayacko.
He is really inaccessible in both his Rongo and Nairobi homes and offices, he is said to be having sycophants around him whom he uses to avoid his electorate.
Many say that seems he is using his time in parliament to acquire what he never did for the duration he was in political limbo.
Dalmas can be defeated by any political novice unless he changes his leadership mode of operation.
The recent split of Rongo constituency separating him from Ochillo Ayacko might not help him any better.
He might not make it to parliament again
16 -URIRI-CYPRIAN OJWANG’ OMOLLO
Not much can be written about him as a neither person nor Uriri Constituency.
He hardly contributes to parliamentary debates and his constituents complain about his perennial absence within his constituency.
Most of his constituents say that they elected him under duress as the man he took over from Odhiambo Omamba was never any better.
His chances of going back to parliament are zero.
17 -NYATIKE -ANYANGA PETER OMONDI.
He has thrown his fiercest critic Advocate Ken Okong’o to the political debris, he is behind many development activities which if written can fill up a whole journal.
He has been solely been fighting for better pay and rights of gold miners within his constituency, he can also be credited with bringing to his Constituency an airstrip which has been completed.
He has helped the girl-child education within Nyatike and is a strong agitator for schooling within his constituency.
He has been giving incentives to a teacher who performs better within the constituency which has always been a motivating factor.
The constituency’s infrastructure are in better condition courtesy of him.
Most of Nyatike students in most institutions of higher learning are in their respective institutions courtesy of him.
18 -GWASSI-MBADI JOHN NG’ONGO
He is notorious for hurling insults at his constituents, former MPs and those he perceives to be strong in the grass root.
He is also known for fight\ting youths in public places and Chang’aa dens he frequents and hurl abuses at elders who questions his leadership.
His CDF committee is full of his clansmen,his wife and friends.
Not much can be said about his development record as there is nothing toi write about.
He has no chance if any of ever going back to parliament.
19 -MBITA-OTIENO GERALD KAJWANG’.
He is one of the beneficiaries of the flawed ODM party nominations in his constituency,Raila compelled Sam Wakiaga to step down for him and later made him a cabinet Minister in the grand coalition government due to his parroting in most ODM rallies.
His CDF office is in pathetic sate as it is jammed by most of his cronies and relatives and nothing tangible nor worthwhile has he done with the CDF fund in the constituency.
The constituency has one of the highest illiteracy levels within luo land and girl-child education is at its lowest ebb.
He is rumoured to be going for the Senatorship which is areal tall order as he will have to square it out with Office of the President’s assistant Minister Josua Orwa Ojode.
His chance of going to parliament is nil absolutely.
20 -GEM-WASHINGTON JAKOYO MIDIWO .
With eleven new secondary schools since he became Gem MP, supply of rural electrification and improvement of infrastructures within the constituency,Jakoyo is likely to be re-elected back to parliament if he continues with his present development tempo.
He has renovated most schools within his constituency which used to be in real pathetic state and fought single handidly and was ready to loose his voters against the schooled elite from Gem who wanted the headquarter to be in Gem and not Wagai which he was fronting.
He has made the high flying Sawagongo and Ondisore Centers of excellence and helped insecurity which used to be so rampant a thing of the past by agitating for the establishment of most police posts within his constituency.
His opponents should be ready to burn midnight oil if they expect to oust him; he has a one and million chance of retaining his seat.
MIGORI-DACHE JOHN PESA.
Migori is the most unfortunate constituency within luo land as you can not differentiate between the former and the current MP as both have totally failed the constituency.
Allegations of Constituency bursary fund finding its way to most of the schools he owns is really ripe in the constituency.
His constituents says that he is alone ranger and lucks team spirit as he makes decisions without involving those concerned and gives CDF fund to those areas he perceives to be his people.
Whenever he is always at home, his gates are usually permanently locked as he says that he has no time for “beggars from his constituency”.
He is likely not to see inside of parliament and his chances of going back are nil.