Maoka Maore joins Raila’s camp

October 4, 2012 5:44 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 4 – Former Ntonyiri MP Maoka Maore on Thursday officially ditched the independence party KANU to join the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

Maore who served as the Ntonyiri legislator from 1992 to 2007 now intends to contest for the Igembe North parliamentary seat.

The former KANU deputy Secretary General lost his seat to M’Mithiaru Ntoitha of the Party of National Unity (PNU) in the 2007 elections.

He explained his move to ODM as his conviction that the country will grow its economy under the leadership of Prime Minister Raila Odinga and match other countries that have left Kenya lagging behind.

Maore said: “Mine has been a journey that I believe that this country should take, for instance the comparison between us Singapore and Malaysia when we were at par 50 years ago but we took different directions. Under Odinga’s leadership this country will take the route of the Asian tigers that were fortunate to get leaders who were fortunate to have leaders who did not focus on ethnicity and petty issues.”

The former MP was received at Orange House by ODM Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o who insisted that the party will improve living conditions for majority of Kenyans once its candidate assumes office.

Nyong’o said: “We welcome everybody who comes to work for the good of the future of this nation; we know that our people are going through a difficult time but through the policies we advocate for we know that when we form the government we are in for the better life of our people and that’s why our motto is “maisha bora” (better life).”

Former Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology Ratemo Michieka also joined ODM.

Others who joined ODM are the immediate former Ford-Kenya Vice Chairperson in charge of Women Affairs Happy Gloria Akhayalu who intends to vie for the position of Busia County women representative and the former Mayor of Mumias Municipal Council Caroline Waluchio.

Dorah Ingolo ditched the United Democratic Forum (UDF) Party to join ODM from which she will battle for the Vihiga County women representative’s seat.

ODM also received Patrick Chungani, the KNUT Kakamega County chairman who intends to run for the Shinyalu parliamentary seat as well as the KNUT Kakamega branch Secretary John Wesonga who is eying the Mumias West parliamentary seat.

ODM aspirants for the seats of Governor, Senate, MP and Women Representative will next Wednesday meet party leader Raila Odinga at the aspirants’ forum at Bomas of Kenya.


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