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The East African : Apr 22nd 2017
APRIL 22-28,2017 The EastAfrican NEWS 9 Rot stalks pa≥ty p≥ima≥ies as Nasa hints at flagbea≥e≥ deal A JOINT REPORT The EastAfrican KENYA’S MAIN opposition coalition — National Super Alliance — has finally settled on a presidential flag bearer widely expected to be former prime minister Raila Odinga, even as chaos and confusion continue to mar the ongoing political party primaries. The Orange Democratic Movement on Friday appeared to pre-empt the anticipated Nasa announcement this week when it issued notice for a National Delegates Conference whose main agenda will be nomination of its presidential candidate. That conference is set for COURT ORDERS On March 29, Kenyan High Court Judge John Mativo ordered the Kenyan National Assembly to expedite the implementation of the gender parity law, which stipulates that not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender. told to go for women-only seats it is still okay. Lack of finances and violence have locked out many women from contesting in the coming elections. We are waiting to see how many will win the elections after moving from affirmative to competitive seats,” said Ms Lichuma. There are indications that more women have come out to contest the elective seats compared with the 2013 elections. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) rules state that political parties must ensure that at least one third of women in their parties must be nominated. However, IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba said that the The requirement is in line with Article 81 of the Constitution, which lays out the general principles of Kenya’s electoral system. Article 27 further directs the government to develop and pass policies and laws, including affirmative action programmes and procedures. electoral body has no means to enforce the rule in elective posts, nor impose sanctions on political parties for being noncompliant. According to a report by the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), in 2013 only 32 women made it through the party lists for competitive seats that are not reserved for women. This year, 10 women have come out to contest for the governor seat. They are Ann Waiguru and Martha Karua for Kirinyaga County, Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Joyce Laboso (Bomet), Anne Anyanga (Migori), Margaret Wanjiru (Nairobi), Wavinya Ndeti (Machakos), Mabel Muruli (Kakamega), and Cecily Mbarire (Embu), and Atieno Otieno (Kisumu). In the 2013 elections, eight women contested governor positions, and 19 women sought seats in the country’s senate. Some 165 women battled it out among the men for parliament’s 290 regular constituency seats, while 155 women sought one of the women representative positions. Prof Winnie Mutula, director of the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi, said that there is still lack of understanding about the concept of women-only seats. However, once women offer themselves for elective seats, they stand to have some leverage where they can either be nominated or given appointments to make them keep quiet. “The women representative seats were meant to be a bridging mechanism and a medium-term approach to gender inclusivity. However, while Kenyan women have made one step ahead, there are still considerable cultural hang-ups that work against them when they contest elective seats,” said Prof Mutula. May 4, a week after the Nasa announcement, suggesting that the convention will endorse the candidate picked by Nasa or chart a new course if the alliance’s decision is not to their liking. Nasa on Thursday formed its top organ — the Pentagon — which brings together the five principals — Mr Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Isaac Ruto and Moses Wetang’ula — who are battling to become the flag bearer, ahead of the D-day this week. Other parties in the coali- tion are Wiper Democratic Movement, Ford Kenya, Amani National Congress and Chama cha Mashinani. At the same time, there are major falling outs within ODM and the Jubilee Party over violence and claims of rigging in the ongoing political party primaries, which end on April 26. ODM and JP, which attracted the highest number of aspirants, for the five elective positions have been forced to cancel nomination results or postpone the exercise altogether in some counties. High stakes in some coun- ties have triggered violence and malpractice leading to postponement of the exercise to reduce tension. Jubilee cancelled the entire exercise and is set to announce kidnap, abduction d≥ama, b≥anded b≥ead doned in the nearby Kiambu Township, giving the impression that he could have been killed by his competitors. Sensational Three days later an aspirant for the member of country assembly (MCA) seat in Kiambu County went missing under similar circumstances. Ikinu MCA aspirant Kennedy Kinyanjui Kabaka, was reported missing after his car was found vandalised near his home. The vehicle, had its windscreen smashed, yet Mr Kinyanjui’s personal ef- fects including two of his mobile phones and cash were found intact inside his vehicle. Circumstances surrounding the two disappearances are similar and police suspect foul play. A few days later on April 18, Jubilee aspirant for Ruiru Constituency, Isaac Mwaura, sensationally claimed on his FaceBook account that he had been shot on the ear in an apparent assassination attempt by his opponent. He posted pictures showing a bandaged ear but later pulled it down after people started questioning their authenticity. Mr Mwaura claimed he was rushed to, and treated at the Nairobi Hospital after being shot, but some of his opponents suggest he may have been injured after invading his opponent’s rally to cause chaos. However, other aspirants have adopt- ed legitimate ways of campaigning by branding loaves of bread and distributing the same to would-be voters with the intention of increasing their visibility. By Fred Oluoch new dates. It has earlier postponed primaries in Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Baringo, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Embu, Nakuru and Trans Nzoia counties on the first day citing violence and lack of voting materials. As all the parties grapple with the nomination nightmare, the clock is also ticking away for nominations to be concluded before April 26. This leaves parties with only four days to deal with the mess and submit the names of candidates to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. ODM has also postponed the polls and cancelled results in some counties due to violence and the logistical nightmare that has given the party sleepless nights since the exercise began on April 14. The Orange party has al- ready lost Dr Paul Otuoma who was fighting for the party ticket for the Busia gubernatorial seat. There is also a falling out within the leadership of Jubilee in the North Rift, Eastern and Western following flawed nominations that have left many aspirants angry. Already, aspirants are seek- ing alternative parties to contest from and most of them are setting their sights on Kanu, Nasa and Chama cha Mashinani. Unsatisfied Jubilee aspir- ants are pointing an accusing finger at President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto saying they are not living up to their promise of democratic and transparent elections. However, Jubilee Party sec- retary general Raphael Tuju was quick to state that the confusion was caused by logistical challenges. In Uasin Gishu, Governor John Mandago accused Mr Ruto of planning to rig him out. Disgruntled Jubilee aspirants — Mr Mandago, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, and Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter also accused Mr Ruto’s aides and other top Jubilee leaders of attempting to rig in unnamed preferred candidates. “Uasin Gishu voters will not accept imposed leadership; we call for the nominations to be postponed until the party is ready give leaders and voters free and transparent nominations,” said Mr Mandago. The Jubilee nominations have been marred by protests and complaints about poor preparations leading to some aspirants unilaterally declaring postponement of the nominations without the authority of party headquarters. In Nandi, there was short- age of papers in all the six constituencies, and in Kiambu, ballot papers were not dispatched on time and party registers were missing. President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto have denied interfering with the nominations and existence of ‘preferred candidates’. 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