Date: 19 January 2017 01:56
Five former TNA officials on Wednesday told off the Jubilee government for disregarding former TNA chief Onyango Oloo in State appointments, citing that he deserved a ministerial flag.
They said by virtue of being the secretary-general of the President’s party and his point man in Nyanza region, Mr Oloo, deserved a senior position of a cabinet secretary and not a board chairman.
The officials who spoke at Public Service Club in Kisumu included former Nyanza and western TNA coordinator Juma Midigo, chairmen Daniel Chebii (Baringo), Titus Achar Ondu (Kisumu), Desmond Shinaka (Kakamega) and Meshack Oswago (Migori).
Mr Midigo lamented that deputy president William Ruto’s defunct United Republican Party (URP) had hijacked the Jubilee party and was mismanaging the newly formed outfit.
“URP took over prominent positions in the Jubilee party leaving president’s men complaining of the new party,” Mr Midigo said.
Mr Chebii said Mr Oloo did not deserve to be chairman of a board.
“How could the secretary general of a ruling party be appointed chairman of Lake Basin Development Authority (LDBA)? That board was not worth him. He deserved to fly a flag,” Mr Chebii said.
He said the best reward Jubilee government could have awarded Mr Oloo was a Cabinet Secretary slot.
TNA Chairman Johnson Sakaja was nominated to the National Assembly while Mr Oloo was appointed to the LDBA board.
His contract was not renewed after it expired. Late last year, former Rarieda MP Raphael Tuju was appointed as chairman.
Mr Ondu said Nyanza handed President Uhuru Kenyatta 15,000 votes which “saved him from a tough re-run against Cord leader Raila Odinga in the 2013 elections.”
“The president simply surpassed the 50 percent plus one count by partly 8,000 votes and had we not voted for him he would have faced the toughest contest ever in the re-run,” Mr Ondu said.
Mr Shinaka announced that former TNA officials and supporters in Western have organized a rally at Muliro gardens in Kakamega for mass defection to opposition Cord.
“We want to ensure Jubilee is no more in Western. We shall give a date for our planned mass defection at Muliro gardens in Kakamega very soon,” said Mr Shinaka.
Mr Oswago said he was the first TNA official to host President Kenyatta in Ndhiwa, Homabay County.
“I first hosted him before he was elected President when he came to campaign for TNA candidate in the by-elections following the death of former internal security assistant minister Orwa Ojode,” Mr Oswago said.
He pointed out that as former TNA officials they made a resolution to have Mr Oloo defect to ODM which would cater for their interests.
“Jubilee had turned against us and showed that they had no interest of Kenyans at hear hence the need to move to a more popular party,” Mr Oswago added.