'Poor' aspirant deploys surprising tactics to beat incumbent

Peter Ochieng popularly known has Suru Beng has left tongues wagging after...


One aspirant from Kisumu has however vowed not to let his humble background stand in the way of his dream to serve the people of Kendu bay by being elected as a Member of the County Assembly.

Peter Ochieng, popularly known has Suru Beng has resorted to an igneous way of popularizing his campaign by drawing his own portrait complete with a picture of Raila Odinga’s (Baba) on a manila paper.

The father of five and who is a mechanic says he is sure of clinching the seat since he is popular with the people after he unsuccessfully contested for the position of a councilor in 2007 in the same area.

"When I started this back in 2007, my wife and a number of my friends thought I was joking but after a while, they started believing in my quest to represent our people,"

Ochieng adds that in 2007 he was defeated at the nominations and in 2013 he opted not to contest after he was unable to raise enough money in the 2013.

His recent creativity some may even called a stunt has endeared him further to the people and now some of his supporters have chipped in to draw his image on sacks and carry them as banners while chanting his slogans.

Ochieng, popularly known has Suru Beng, who is campaigning in an ODM stronghold is  now seeking the MCA seat as an independent candidate after he failed to raise the nomination fee before the deadline for submission and therefore he could not be cleared by ODM party.

"I will register as an independent candidate and I am currently trying to marshal people to help me raise some funds to help me with the quest," he said.

Ochieng joins a list of ‘poor’ aspirants economically but not mentally who have resorted to ingenious way to campaign.

whether his creativity will be celebrated or looked down upon, August 8th will reveal that.


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