BY JOHN WERU/CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,8TH MAY 2017-Nominated Member of Parliament Oburu Odinga has declined nomination to the East African Legislative Assembly and says he wants to refocus his energies on campaigning for his brother, NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga.Oburu revealed the above through a press conference in Mombasa Monday.
Oburu, who says he is also mulling retiring from active politics says he also want to re-organise his life after he lost in the ODM primaries in Bondo, Siaya County.
“I would like to have time to reorganise my own things, my own businesses and think about the future,” he told journalists.
National Assembly Leader of Majority Aden Duale had earlier indicated that he would lead legislators in rejecting his name and that of former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s son, Kennedy, both who had applied to join the regional Parliament.
Oburu, however, says no member of his family should be denied any position just because Raila Odinga is their relative.
“I am really taken aback by the reckless comments by my brother Duale who claimed that I have no rights to be nominated to Parliament; I have been elected four times by the Bondo of people,” he said.
OBURU who joined politics in 1974, said he was experienced for any position while hitting out at Duale, whom he says had been politically raised by Raila.
“If I wanted to, I would have just competed with the other candidates of ODM in my own rights and not as the brother of Raila. He should not be associating me with Raila all the time and think that I will desist from applying or vying for any position. Raila does not make me what I am. In fact, I am older than him.”