Nyanza MPs to confront Raila over ODM polls

LUO Nyanza leaders are clashing with Luhya and Coast leaders ahead of the ODM elections due on February 28.

Around 20 Luo elected leaders met at Lillian Towers in Nairobi on Thursday evening and resolved that two powerful positions in the party be reserved for Nyanza.

The leaders resolved that the post of Secretary General be reserved either for Siaya Senator James Orengo or Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura.

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The meeting decided that the position of ODM vice-chair be kept for Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang.

The leaders agreed that Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero should not get any senior position in ODM as he has been working closely with the Jubilee government and allegedly undermining former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Luo Nyanza.

The meeting resolved that their recommendations be given to Raila for his endorsement ahead of another meeting next Wednesday.

Last week Raila, the ODM party leader, said he would not intervene in the party elections and had no secret list of favoured candidates.

The race for ODM positions was left wide open last week after Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o declared that he would not stand again for his Secretary General post and former Speaker Kenneth Marende said he would not stand for any leadership position.

However Luhya and Coast leaders are not happy that Luo elected leaders want to influence the coming elections.

They accused Luo leaders of planning to manipulate the list of delegates for the ODM elections.

They now want Raila to publicly declare that he will not endorse the schemes by Luo Nyanza leaders. They have threatened to boycott meetings convened by Raila unless he commits to a free and fair election.

“They want their people to get these positions, not the popular people. They want a selection and not an election,” said Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti.

Raila is today expected to hold a big public rally in Kisumu town to chart the region’s path up to the 2017 general election and to address other issues of national importance.

Also expected to attend are former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Bungoma Senator- elect Moses Wetangula, as well as senators, governors, MPs and other leaders.

Raila will first hold a closed-door morning meeting with senators and governors at the Ecolodge Hotel before addressing a rally in the afternoon at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground.

In Kwale county ODM delegates took issue with Luo Nyanza leaders over their declaration that the post of Secretary General post must remain in the area.

“This time round Coast people will not be bought like mangoes. They have taken us for granted many times,” said Hamisi Rachuo, a delegate. He said eligible Kenyans can contest any ODM seat.

Rashid Hamisi of Matuga sub-county branch said that it is time that other regions supported Coast.

The delegates at Kwale town officially endorsed nominated Senator Agnes Zani who has declared her interest in the post of ODM Secretary General.

– the-star.co.ke

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