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Daily Nation : January 30th 2014
8 | National News POLITICS | Secretary-general post attracts heavyweights MP to take on Raila in race for party seat ODM releases list of candidates as Arati says he wants to help former PM BY AGGREY MUTAMBO @agmutambo email@example.com North MP Simba Arati for the post of ODM party leader, if its election board approves the lawmaker’s application. Names released last evening F by the party secretariat show that Mr Arati, a first-time member of the National Assembly, is the only potential challenger who has submitted his application for the party’s pole position. This will be among the many positions to be contested when the party holds its elections on February 28. Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Mr David Songok, who contested for the Turbo constituency seat in ormer Prime Minister Raila Odinga will fight it out with Dagoretti LIST Contenders for positions National chairman - Josephat Nanok -Paul Otuoma -Manson Nywamweya -Mpuri Aburi Organising secretary -George Aladwa -Julius Okinda -Gitonga Wathanga -Abdikadir Omar Aden -Irshad Sumra -Reuben Ndolo National treasurer -Timothy Bosire -Simon Ogari last year’s General Election, have handed in applications to deputise the party leader. The secretary-general’s po- sition has attracted politicians like Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, nominated senators Agnes Zani and Elizabeth Ongoro, and Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo. Traditionally, the party’s secretary-general is its spokesperson and often signs nomination certificates and is a signatory to any coalition agreements that ODM may enter into. But the “party leader” is often the de facto presidential candidate and often directs the party on matters such as coalitions. National outlook “There is a perception that you must be a party leader to be a presidential candidate. We want to do away with this notion. For all the issues that our former PM couldn’t handle, we want to help him do it. ODM is a party saleable to the whole country and not just to the Luos,” Mr Arati told the Nation yesterday. The former PM has been the de facto leader of the party ever since it was born out of the 2005 constitutional referendum in which the orange (No) side won. BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Embu Governor Martin Wambora and his deputy have vowed to challenge their impeachment in court as some county reps condemned the move. Though both Mr Wambora and Ms Dorothy Nditi stayed away from the office, the deputy governor travelled to Nairobi to meet the council of governors’ legal team. Ms Nditi said she intended to move to court to challenge the county assembly’s decision. She said the accusations levelled against her by the assembly were fabricated. “I am still in office and will consult the council of governors to make a decision. We are especially addressing the issue of the contempt of court,” she told the Nation on phone. Her comments came as 11 county reps distanced themselves from the impeachment motion passed on Tuesday. Led by Runyenjes central DAILY NATION Thursday January 30, 2014 FETE |Maulidi festival going down in Lamu Children take part in a swimming competition yesterday during this year’s Maulidi Festival in Lamu. The festival, held annually to mark the birth of Prophet Mohammed, will run until Saturday. KEVIN ODIT | NATION Wambora to challenge ouster representative Steve Simba, the members said they were against the motion due to a court order stopping the process. Mr Simba said the speaker had earlier indicated that the motion would not proceed and only introduced it at the last minute. Embu council of elders chair- man Nyangi Ndiiriri accused Embu county speaker Kariuki Mate of playing tribal politics and condemned the decision to impeach Mr Wambora. Yesterday, Mr Mate said the information that guided the assembly to pass the motion would be forwarded to Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro today.
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