Kisumu UDA Officials Demand Retraction from Interior PS Over Undemocratic Endorsement of County Chairman

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“The PS must eat humble pie, retract his words, and apologize to the party members who braved the humiliations of being members of the party at its inception in Kisumu.”

By Hubz Reporter

Kisumu County United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party pioneer officials are demanding a retraction from Interior Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo for his support of George Ayugi as the county party chairman ahead of the grassroots elections in August.

The county’s acting chairman, Erick Osenya, criticized PS Omollo’s actions as undemocratic and called for condemnation. Osenya stated, “The PS must eat humble pie, retract his words, and apologize to the party members who braved the humiliations of being members of the party at its inception in Kisumu.”

Over the weekend, during a church function in Kisumu, PS Omollo publicly endorsed Ayugi by raising his hand as the incoming chairman of the party in the county. Osenya contends that this move suggests the upcoming grassroots UDA party elections in Kisumu will not be free, fair, or credible. “The PS has gone on record by declaring one person, George Ayugi, aka Mbuta, as the chairman of the UDA party in Kisumu,” Osenya said.

Osenya further criticized the PS for undermining the democratic process, saying, “It’s the voters who determine who their chairman is through an elective process and not a single person.” He questioned the purpose of subjecting aspirants to campaigns when officials are being declared unilaterally.

During a press conference on Wednesday at the UDA county offices in Milimani, Osenya stated, “We want to appeal to the PS to let the democratic space take its own course.” He expressed concerns over the integrity of the planned elections and potential manipulation of the voting process due to the PS’s statements.

The officials present at the press conference shared their experiences of facing similar challenges in the ODM party, which led them to register as UDA members. John Odenyo, one of the party officials, remarked on the PS’s actions, saying, “He is a civil servant and it was wrong for him to raise Ayugi’s hands to declare him as the chairman; that is repugnant.”

Odenyo emphasized the dedication of the pioneer officials, stating, “The pioneer officials have stood with the party through thick and thin and should not be wished away.” He also cited concerns from officials in Homa Bay about the fairness of recent party elections and mentioned ongoing monitoring in Siaya for potential election rigging.

Fauzia, speaking on behalf of women, criticized the exclusion of women from leadership roles and urged the PS to stay out of party politics.

“Women who went through hell at the inception are now being denied the chance to lead the party at the grassroots,” she said.

“New faces are now taking over the party leadership in Kisumu. Where were they before? These people are just after their selfish interests; they are edging us out.”

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