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Orengo condemned for causing commotion at funeral

29 April 2014, 14:11 Oduor Omondi

Migori - Migori Senator Wilfred Machage has hit out at politicians who use funerals to fight their perceived political enemies.

According to Machage, he was not happy with a clique of ODM politicians who on Saturday fought at funerals in Migori and Vihiga counties.

In a press release dispatched to news rooms, Machage challenged politicians to organize their rallies instead of taking advantage of crowds at funerals to fight their colleagues.

“Funerals must be respected and I urge my colleagues in ODM to respect the mourning families and the departed souls. The dead should be respected,” he said.

He took issue with his Siaya colleague James Orengo and Gem Mp Jakoyo Midiwo who last weekend caused a commotion at a funeral in Migori County where they engaged the local governor Zachary Obado in a political battle.

The war with Obado, whose election is being challenged at the Supreme Court, turned the funeral of a wife of a former Migori MP Charles Owino Likowa into total disarray.

Chaos erupted at the funeral in Kakrao village, Suna East constituency when Obado attacked Orengo for his remarks that some governors were not genuine ODM members.

Obado was also not happy with an attempt by Suna East MP Junet Mohammed for overlooking protocol issues when he was asked to address mourners a head of Orengo.

He tried to snatch a microphone from Orengo forcing ODM youths and his supporters to turn on each other as they tried to protect their leaders.

Machage accused the two ODM politicians of whipping tribal emotions at the funeral, saying their early campaigns for the governor’s seat was still early as no by- election for the seat had been called.

“I am an ODM senator but I do not support politicking at funerals,” he said, adding that Migori people will always vote for candidates who are able to unite all communities living within the county.

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