Luke Awich and Anthony Mwangi @PeopleDailyKe
Anxiety has hit Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party winners in the just-concluded primaries over the final list the party will be forwarding to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as claims of last-minute changes to the list send shock waves within the Orange party.
Already, the winners are a worried lot and more confused by the day after it emerged that some of their competitors have also been issued with original nomination certificates for the same position by the ODM National Elections Board (NEB). Majority of the winners, especially from Luo-Nyanza, are camping in Nairobi since the nominations were concluded just to ensure they are not shortchanged.
“Even most of us who have the certificates which are not contested, are not going home yet. We must ensure our names are submitted to the IEBC before we go for celebrations at home,” said an ODM MP aspirant.
The mess is so intense that candidates and their supporters are not sure which of the certificates is genuine and which one is not. And last evening Wundanyi Member of Parliament Thomas Mwadeghu blamed two powerful officials in ODM party for being behind the tussle over the legitimate winner of the ticket for the Taita Taveta gubernatorial position.
Mwadeghu, who is fighting for the ticket with Governor John Mruttu claimed the officials were pushing the latter to demand the ticket. Mwadeghu told a press conference at Parliament Buildings that even after Mruttu had resigned from the party to contest as an independent, the officials were still exerting pressure on him to ask for the ticket.
“Mruttu resigned on May 8, and in a letter addressed to the party secretary general Agnes Zani, he should keep off party matters since he is no longer a member,” said Mwadeghu waving a copy of the letter by Mruttu.