Cord leader Raila Odinga has reconciled with Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and welcomed the latter back as ODM’s national Vice Chairman – a position he had relinquished three months ago after he cited frustration and intimidation by the party’s top leadership.
Speaking during the burial of veteran footballer James Siang’a at Sifuyo West location in Ugenya Constituency Saturday, Odinga said he has never had differences with Otuoma.
Raila, stated that as far as he is concerned, Otuoma has been a member of ODM and only went on ‘recess’ but the post of the party’s vice chairperson still belongs to him.
Otuoma, who attended the burial, dismissed claims that he defected to Jubilee.
The parliamentarian also called out those who claimed he had been ‘bought’ by Jubilee administration, saying it is needless to “assassinate people’s character whenever there are minor differences.”
Otuoma said he is too solid to be ‘bought’, adding: “We have been under the tutelage of Raila Odinga, and anytime we slip politically, Raila will always be our reference person. I will always run back to him and seek his counsel,” said Otuoma.
The burial was also graced by MPs James Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), George Oner (Rangwe) and their Homa Bay counterpart Gladys Wanga among other dignitaries.
Report by George Amolo.