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Raila’s aide Owalo quits CORD

Owalo who was the campaign manager for the ex-PM said he had left due to persistent attacks by Odinga's cousin, Jakoyo Midiwo, who is the Gem Member of Parliament/FILE

Owalo who was the campaign manager for the ex-PM said he had left due to persistent attacks by Odinga’s cousin, Jakoyo Midiwo, who is the Gem Member of Parliament/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – An aide to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Eliud Owalo, has quit the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

Owalo who was the campaign manager for the ex-PM said he had left due to persistent attacks by Odinga’s cousin, Jakoyo Midiwo, who is the Gem Member of Parliament.

“As you are aware, I have in the recent past faced persistent but unwarranted attacks from your cousin Jakoyo Midiwo; informed primarily by what I believe is his desire of unlimited and unfettered political space around you,” a letter addressed to Odinga on Tuesday read.

Owalo went on to say that he had persevered two years of selfish pursuits by individuals around the former premier.

“Whereas I have over the past two years had to endure a lot of similar backstabbing innuendos and political intrigues from political busy bodies who are in ruthless and aggressive pursuit of their own political aggrandizement irrespective of your own political future; I cannot reconcile my conscience with the latest attacks from Jakoyo who is in my considered opinion and belief has no technical capacity to advise me on anything,” Owalo said.

Though he described his decision as painful, Owalo said this would give Midiwo and his ilk the political room they so desire around Odinga.

Reached for comment by Capital FM News, Midiwo charged that Owalo was the cause of CORD’s failure in the 2013 elections.

He wondered what services – worth mentioning – Owalo had brought to CORD.

“Who brought Owalo… where did he even come from, what services has he offered?” he posed.

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A charged Midiwo went ahead to say: “Who can he advise?”

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