I will not support anyone, says Raila to the coast guides

ODM leader Raila Odinga. [Fidelis Kabunyi, Standard]

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will use consensus, delegates or opinion polls to select its candidate for Mombasa governor in the 2022 election.

Yesterday, ODM chairman Raila Odinga, who precluded universal suffrage, said it had “failed to produce the desired results” in the past, leading to defectors who eventually cost party seats.

Raila, who arrived in Mombasa on Tuesday evening, met around 50 ODM officials and influential county leaders yesterday at a private residence on the Kizingo estate in Mombasa.

Mohamed Khamis Hamid, chairman of the ODM branch in Mombasa, confirmed the meeting and said Raila was concerned about escalating tensions in the party over the nominations.

He said Raila led recent by-elections such as last December in Msambweni, in which the party lost its seat in a fortress considered an ODM stronghold.

“Yes, we met the party leader in Kizingo. It was very clear that the party would use consensus, delegates or an opinion poll to select the candidates in Mombasa, ”Hamid said in an interview.

He said the poll is being conducted by a credible company that is not influenced by the aspirants or the party mandarins at headquarters.

“We have also assured him that no one will choose a candidate for the people of Mombasa. We will give all candidates a fair chance to apply, ”Hamid said, adding that the same methods could be used at other hotly contested Mombasa elections.

The ODM officials said Raila was still concerned about the chaotic nomination exercises that have been seen in the past.

“He pleaded with party supporters to accept the nomination results. The three methods are used in all parts of the country where the party ticket is hotly contested, ”he said.

In Mombasa, MP Mvita Abdulswamad Nassir and banker Suleiman Shahbal have intensified the battle for the party’s ticket to the governor’s seat.

The governor of Mombasa, Hassan Joho (left), the MP Abdulswamad Nassir (center) and the businessman Suleiman Shahbal. Nassir and Shahbal eye the ODM ticket. [File, Standard]

Both Raila and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho have repeatedly stated that they will not support any candidate.

Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi is also watching the ODM ticket. Mr Hamid said Raila had indicated that the same methods could be used in other parts of the country.

In Kilifi County, the chief administrative secretary of the devolution, Gideon Mung’aro, and the deputy governor Gideon Saburi are also fighting for the ODM ticket.

Reports also suggest that Kenya‘s High Commissioner for Tanzania Dan Kazungu, who is also the former Malindi MP, is also keeping an eye on the Kilifi governor’s seat through the ODM party.

In Kwale, district assembly spokesman Sammy Ruwa, chief minister of agriculture Hamadi Boga, and Lung’anzi Mangale, an employee of the Kenya Ports Authority, are also fighting for the ODM ticket.

After weeks of reports that Boga might overflow from ODM, he met Raila in Mombasa.

In Tana River, Governor Dhadho Godhana is expected to meet former Governor and current Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) of the Interior, Mr. Hussein Dado.

Mr Dado won the seat in 2013 on a Wiper Democratic Party (WDP) ticket and switched camp to Jubilee in 2017, but lost the seat to Godhana of ODM. He is now allied with Raila.

In Taita Taveta, the battle for the ODM ticket is being fought between the incumbent Governor Granton Samboja, who left Wiper, the banker Thomas Mwakweda and the Mwatate MP Andrew Mwadima.

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