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Daily Nation : January 27th 2014
2 | National News DAILY NATION Monday January 27, 2014 ELECTIONS | MPs and other party officials trade accusations on which region should retain post of secretary-general Dispute over top ODM seat rocks party CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 is a clear indication that it is not democratic enough and does not think about the aspect of regional balance.” He challenged Coast leaders to think of an alternative strategy for the year 2017. But even as he spoke the seven MPs from Nyanza warned Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ and nominated MP Oburu Oginga against misleading party leader Raila Odinga to back Dr Agnes Zani for the position currently held by Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o. Powerful position “Kajwang’ and Dr Oburu are If Coast has to get a national slot, why leave politicians like Governor Hassan Joho of Mombasa and Amason Kingi of Kilifi who have been steadfast in ODM?” Silvanus Osele, KabondoKasipul MP behind the list that includes Dr Agnes Zani whom they are fronting for the post of secretary general,” said MPs John Mbadi (Suba), Millie Odhiambo (Mbita), Ken Obura (Kisumu Central), Ken Okoth (Kibra), Silvanus Osele (Kabondo Kasipul) and Agostino Neto Oyugi (Ndhiwa). They said the powerful position must remain in Nyanza. They accused Mr Kajwang’ and Dr Oburu of misleading Mr Odinga. Mr Osele asked the two leaders whether they were out to “kill” ODM in the Coast or build it. “If Coast has to get a na- tional slot, why leave politicians like Governor Hassan Joho of Mombasa and Amason Kingi of Kilifi who have been steadfast in ODM?” the MP asked. But Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma asked the MPs to respect Mr Odinga. He accused some of the MPs seeking the party’s national posts of not having uttered even one word in Parliament since MORE INFO Coast leaders eyeing seats Leaders from the coastal region who have declared their interest in various positions are: Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho: For deputy Party Leader. FIEL | NATION Nominated Senator Agnes Zani addresses a past press conference in Nairobi. ODM leaders are split over which region should take the seat of secretary-general, for which Dr Zani has expressed interest. At the weekend, seven MPs from Nyanza said the region should retain the powerful party post. they were elected. “Some of the Nyanza leaders must respect the views of Mr Odinga as our leader. He knows the capability of each of us.” Mr Kaluma told his colleagues to stop exhibiting tribalistic tendencies in their campaigns. “Let’s us display utmost matu- rity and respect in our conduct, not all of us can be national officials,” he said. In Nakuru, party youths includ- ing the county leader, Mr Hilton Abiola, criticised the Nyanza politicians whom they accused of turning ODM into a regional party. “Who said that the position of secretary-general is a preserve of Nyanza?” asked Mr Abiola. He said that the youth sup- ported Mr Odinga’s choice of nominated Senator Zani for the position of secretary-general. “ODM is not a regional party but a national party,” said Mr Abiola. Mr Abiola said the MPs should stop misleading party supporters. He claimed that the position had been held by leaders from the region but they had failed to revitalise the party. “We want a new sweeping TO COMMENT ON THIS AND OTHER STORIES GO TO www.nation.co.ke broom in ODM and we see no better person than Agnes Zani and that is why we fully support our party leader on this issue,” he said. The youth leader urged Mr Odinga to give the party’s executive director, Mr Magerer Lang’at, a free hand to conduct the affairs of the party. He also welcomed Senator James Orengo’s decision to step down saying the decision would give the party the opportunity to inject new blood in its leadership. Mr Orengo had expressed in- terest in the secretary-general’s position. Still in the race are MPs Ababu Namwamba and Ken Obura Nominated Senator Agnes Zani: For secretary general Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori: For deputy organising secretary. and John Mbadi, whose name was recently struck off the list of party delegates. Also in the race is another nominated senator, Ms Elizabeth Ongoro. ODM’s national elections will be held on February 28 and March 1 in Nairobi. Among the positions to be filled are: Party leader, deputy party leader, chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary-general, deputy secretary general, treasurer, deputy treasurer, organising secretary and deputy organising secretary. —Reports by Farouk Mwabege, Francis Mureithi, Maurice Kaluoch and Elisha Otieno Counties urged to reduce spending BY NATION REPORTER A lobby wants county gov- ernments to quickly adjust their budgets to reduce excessive expenditure and ease the high cost of living. Movement for Change of the Constitution said hefty charges introduced by most of the counties had made life difficult for Kenyans, most of whom were already living in abject poverty. Lobby chairman Musa Kilonzo, speaking in Mombasa yesterday, the na governm to cons deployi indepen ent fina experts counties hitches in budget maki n g processes. This comes at a time when the Controller of Budget is preparing a law that will force county governments to automate all their expenses, to allow the office to easily monitor money used by governors. As per the draft law, counties will key all their spent money in the Treasury-recommended Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) instead of preparing manual accounting books. The controller, Ms Agnes Odhiambo (left), said most e yet to use em, despite equired to do he Treasury, g it difficult office to know xact amount of used by the 47 ed units. IFMIS is an autoted system used for public financial ma n a g e - ment.
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