Give us time to mourn, ODM officials say, threaten to boycott Saturday Homa Bay election
Several ODM officials have threatened to boycott the Homa Bay branch election set for Saturday saying it is being rushed.
Party national chairman John Mbadi defied procedure in scheduling the election, said businessman Achilla Gogo.
“This is not the correct time to rush an election. We buried acting secretary Monica Amollo the other week and are still sad. We need more time to come to terms with the tragedy,” Gogo told the Star on phone on Thursday.
Mbadi set the date at the funeral of nominated MCA Celestine Owidi in Kasipul.
“I think Mbadi is not wise. How can he announce such a crucial event at a funeral without following proper procedure? I think he wants to cause more division,” Gogo said.
Homa Bay youth leader Shem Odoyo accused Mbadi of running the party solely.
Odoyo urged focus on the Kajiado Central by-election set for March 16.
“I will mobilise candidates to boycott the election if Mbadi insists that it takes place on Saturday. We need more time to sober up,” he said.
Suna East MP Junet Mohammed said on his Facebook page that the election date was not agreed upon at any meeting.
“It should be noted that any party member making claims to the effect, is doing so at a personal level,” read a section of the post.
“I urge supporters and office holders to be calm and wait for official communication from the party organ mandated with conducting such activities.”
Mbadi was accused of dictatorship by Karachuonyo MP James Rege at a meeting on Monday.
Rege said he will divide the party and asked him to resign.
Mbadi declared Rege’s branch secretary post vacant while announcing the election.
The county’s party chairman seat fell vacant after the death of Senator Otioneo Kajwang’, while the vice chair vacancy followed Amollo’s death in a road crash.