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Governor challenged to ‘pull up his socks’

20 May 2015, 21:48 Jane Zack

Busia - Funyula Member of Parliament, Dr. Paul Otuoma has challenged Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong to "pull up his socks" in terms of service delivery to the people, as mark timing in the County is not acceptable.

He further told Ojaamong to stop being petty on issues and instead look at his performance and improve where needed as there is a lot at stake, adding that they are all leaders and should respect each other's offices despite having their own private lives together.

"Despite the fact that it is too early to start campaigning, in fact he should be thanking me for making that pronouncement early as the move will give him time to try and improve on his performance. His mandate is only five years after which he is evaluated," the MP said.

In an interview with journalists in Busia, he reiterated that plans will be put in place when campaigning time comes adding that he has enough reasons to vie for that public seat.

"Ojaamong should know that he will be rated according to his performance by his electorates. I have as well stated categorically that I will be in the race and wananchi will decide when the time comes. In the meantime, he still remains the Governor while I remain an MP," the legislator stated.

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He cautioned the entire political leadership in the cosmopolitan region to do their politics soberly, and hold the County together for the betterment of the people.  He urged them to ensure that they respect their elective offices and shun from divisive politics.

He added, "Am not a mad man to announce for the sake of announcing. We know where we are from and where we are heading to. I know of some politicians who just declare their interest in vying for the President's seat and yet there is nothing much they have done to show that they will be able to handle that."

In a quick rejoinder, Ojaamong said that everyone who is eying the seat is welcome in the race adding that only a fool cannot see what he has done.

"It is their democratic right and I have no objection. This is a public office and whoever qualifies can contest," Ojaamong cited.

Otuoma also observed that in the coming elections, they will ensure that they exercise sovereignty as politicians ensuring that votes from the Western region count and avoid the perception that though Luhyas are many in numbers, they have no votes.

"If you do not vote and you know that you have a right to vote, you are becoming a burden to the rest. Everyone who has attained the age of 18 should ensure that they possess a voter's card in preparation for the 2017 polls," he said.

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