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National Super Alliance (Nasa) affiliate parties in Narok county have fallen out ahead of the August election with Wiper and Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) parties accusing Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) of disrespecting and undermining them.
This comes a few days after Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka called on his alliance co-principals Raila Odinga and governor Isaac Ruto to intervene over the issue.
Speaking in Narok (above), Kalonzo warned that the coalition risked giving Jubilee a head-start in the poll for sponsoring competing candidates. He also endorsed Patrick Ntutu, the CCM candidate for the governor seat against ODM’s Joseph Tiampati and incumbent governor Samuel Tunai (Jubilee).
CCM Women’s Rep candidate Lydia Ntimama accused ODM leaders of “backstabbing” and treating other affiliate parties unfairly. “Some people from ODM feel like they own Nasa and we shall not stand back and watch as they continue to undermine us,” she said.
Meanwhile, the ODM campaign in Lurambi constituency suffered an upset yesterday after grassroots officials and delegates withdrew support for the party’s governor and Member of the National Assembly seats in favour of Ford-K and ANC candidates.
Branch chairman Peter Machika led a group of six ward chairmen and sixty delegates in a meeting that denounced the candidature of Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya and the parliamentary candidate Stanley Khainga.
The officials said they would now deploy the networks to campaign for Senator Boni Khalwale, and ANC Lurambi parliamentary candidate Bishop Titus Khamala. Unresolved political differences arising out of the shambolic ODM primaries in the constituency is blamed for the latest split.