Former Powerful Nyanza MP who Tried to Rival Raila Now Languishing in the Political Cold
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Former Rangwe MP Shem Ochuodho ( Photo Courtesy)
If you dare cross ODM Raila Odinga's political path, then be prepared for tough times ahead. No one knows this better than former Rangwe MP Shem Ochuodho.
As one of the most liberal-minded politicians from Nyanza, Dr Ochuodho announced his arrival into politics in 1997 when he won the Rangwe MP seat on Raila Odinga-led National Development Party.
At the time, he was one of the new entrants into the region's political space, courtesy of NDP which Raila had just formed and was keen to stamp its authority in Nyanza politics.
But shortly, Dr Ochuodho fell out with Raila amid claims that he was keen to challenge the region's undisputed political kingpin. That marked the end of the once-promising new kid on the block.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. ODM leader Raila Odinga (Photo Courtesy)
In 2002, Dr Ochuodho was thrown into the political dustbin when he was sent packing as Rangwe MP.
Keen to defend his seat on a NARC ticket, Ochuodho was reportedly rigged out by Raila men in a bid to contain him politically.
In 2007, he tried his luck once again but lost the seat to Martin Otieno Ogindo.
At one point, he served as Kenya Pipeline Cooperation Managing Director. However, his tenure was riddled with corruption allegations.
During the 2013 general election, the former lawmaker tried to make a comeback in politics but the plan failed.
While vying on a Safina party as the running mate of Paul Muite in the presidential race, they lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Dr Ochuodho, a holder of doctorate in software engineering, is now serving as the President of the Kenya Diaspora alliance. He also works as a consultant.
With the next general election just two years away, it remains to be seen whether he will finally end his stay in the political cold. Or has he decided to leave the stage for good? Well, time will tell.