Tuju rejects call to vie for Siaya Governor seat

Tuju rejects call to vie for Siaya Governor seat
File image of Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju. PHOTO| COURTESY

Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has dismissed claims that he intends to run for the Siaya gubernatorial seat in the 2022 elections.

Tuju, who was speaking at the burial of his younger brother Kefa Oduor Tuju at Ralingo village in Rarieda sub-county, said he is comfortable with his current political status.

The Jubilee Secretary General, who is also a Cabinet Secretary without portfolio, said through is position, he shall only be able to support the region in terms of development, if permitted.

“I want to assure all of you here that Tuju is not intending to be the governor of Siaya. I don’t have such dreams I will support whoever the people of Siaya elect,” said Tuju.

He maintained that he shouldn’t be mistaken to be yearning for an elective position in the County if he decides to bring home some development projects.

Tuju further stated that he has no dreams of becoming the governor for Siaya County, adding that he will be ready to work with and support whoever the people of Siaya will elect in the coming elections.

Jubilee Party Vice Chairman David Murathe, however, encouraged Tuju to vie for the Siaya Governor’s seat, adding that the position requires a manager and he should therefore not fear competing with any politician.

“Don’t fear Orengo, Orengo is a politician he is not a technocrat. This county needs a manager. Let Orengo vie for presidency. If Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta are not contesting, Siaya can also produce a candidate,” said Murathe.

Murathe’s sentiments were triggered by remarks by ODM party chairman John Mbadi who had seemed to be drumming up support for Siaya Senator James Orengo in the gubernatorial race.

In his thinly-veiled remarks, Mbadi had stated that the gubernatorial seat requires someone who has been in the struggle for reforms in the country.

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