Lang’ata MP Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o has disclosed that he was promised a job in Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s government to drop out of the Lang’ata MP contest.
Speaking on Thursday, Jalang’o said this came after they had failed to reach a consensus to have one candidate vie on the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.
He narrated that a meeting of elders was later called and he was promised a communication job at the presidential press, if Raila won the August 2022 presidential election.
The legislator said he stood his ground and insisted on facing his opponents in the nominations.
He said it was because he was confident of the ground he had covered campaigning for the ticket.
“Kwanza tulitumwa twende consensus tusikizane tuwape mtu mmoja ikakataa. Kukaitwa mkutano mkubwa sana wa wazee ilikumpatia ule mwingine ticket nikaambiwa wameamua yule ndio atapewa na Baba (Raila) amesema ni huyo. Wewe umepangiwa Baba akiingia utapewa kazi ya communication kwa Presidential press kwa sababu uko na tajriba katika utangazaji. Baba anaingia.
“Nikasema hio siiamini sana nataka hii. Tupelekeni nominations wananchi waamue kwa sababu nilikuwa najua campaign nimepiga,” Jalang’o said on Radio 47.
This loosely translates to, “We were asked to speak amongst ourselves and arrive at a consensus and front one candidate. A meeting was called by elders to give the ticket to the other guy,” he said.
“I was told Raila had said he was the one to get the ticket and that they plan to give me a communication job if Baba became president, at the presidential press team because I have a background in media. I turned down the offer and I want this (to be MP) let’s go for the nominations for the people to decide.”
Jalang’o was speaking for the first time on how he navigated the stormy nominations of the Orange party.
Jalang’o won the seat after garnering 3,509 votes against his competitor Oscar Omoke who got 1,612 votes. The race had six contestants.
Others Sally Bollo got 138 votes, Taa Vivienne had 121 votes, Kahiga Musaari Syongoh 197 and Wangusi Nathan Barasa got 146 votes.