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Daily Nation : February 19th 2014
6 | National News POLITICS | Cord leaders resolve to retain National Assembly officials but asks them to work harder ODM elections to go on after deal O Raila assures rival candidates that party polls will be free and fair as TNA says it will hold meeting of its top leaders on Friday BY LUCAS BARASA @ekatoroto firstname.lastname@example.org DM yesterday said it would proceed with its planned national elec- tions despite opposition from some members. Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba, who is vying for the secretary-general’s position and other leaders, said they were satisfied with preparations and assurances that the polls would be free and fair. Party leader Raila Odinga led Mr Namwamba, Dr Agnes Zani, his strongest competitor for the seat, and other candidates in holding hands for a photo session in a show of unity. At a meeting in Orange House, the candidates said they would remain in the party even if they lost in the February 28 elections. The delegates list is to be given to the candidates today. In a statement read by out- going secretary-general Anyang’ Nyong’o, the party accused Jubilee of wanting to balkanise the country through creation of regional parties. Prof Nyong’o said Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who has called for postponement of the polls to avoid splitting the party, had not made a formal request. “Among the assurances we have given our candidates is that the delegates or voters roll is sacred and will not be doctored. We will make it available to each county before elections,” Prof Nyong’o said. Mr Odinga asked all the can- didates to vie for the positions of their choice and let delegates decide. In an earlier meeting, four top Coalition for Reforms and Democracy leaders in Parliament were spared the sack over allegations of poor performance. Cord’s parliamentary group meeting at Orange House resolved that Minority Leader Francis Nyenze, his deputy BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba wants the ODM delegates register published for scrutiny before the February 28 elections. Mr Namwamba, who is seeking the secretary-general’s post, said the names should be made available to members to allow verification. “We want only genuine delegates REACTIONS What party leaders said PHOEBE OKALL | NATION Cord leaders Kalonzo Musyoka (left), Raila Odinga and Moses Wetang’ula (right) arrive at Orange House in Nairobi yesterday for the coalition’s parliamentary group meeting. The talks resolved to retain the coalition leaders in Parliament but with a warning that they would be sacked if they failed to improve performance. Jakoyo Midiwo, Minority Whip Gideon Mungaro and his deputy Chris Wamalwa should continue in their positions. The four were, however, warned that they would be dismissed if they did not pull up their socks. Mr Nyenze, Mr Midiwo, Mr Mungaro and Mr Wamalwa had been accused of failing to provide direction in the House and championing Cord’s agenda. Mr Mungaro had also been criticised over his alleged cooperation with Jubilee. But a statement read by Ford- Kenya secretary-general Eseli Simiyu after the PG attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga and his Cord allies Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula said “after deliberation the Cord team agreed to retain its leadership in the National Assembly.” “This followed a firm assur- ance by the three leaders that they will pull up their socks,” the statement said. The PG also supported governors against a perceived onslaught on them by the national government. It noted that while Cord sup- ported a prudent use of scarce resources by county governments, the national government “must not opportunistically exploit the difficulties county governments are going through to undermine devolution.” “Cord strongly supports de- volved governments and will support all genuine efforts to improve good governance in the counties,” the coalition said. It put the national government on notice, saying it should come clean on corruption scandals engulfing it. Meanwhile, TNA leaders are scheduled to meet in Naivasha On devolution: While we emphasise that governors cooperate with the Senate, we also demand that the national government keeps off the issues of the counties. On public appointments: If the current trend continues, marginalisation is going to worsen and hence the poverty gap. from Friday to draw plans for its future. MPs, senators, members of county assemblies and other leaders are expected at the Great Rift Lodge to discuss a draft strategic plan for the party. “We are meeting to breathe life to a document that we, as party officials, have been preparing for the last one month or so. Everyone associated with TNA, be it be MPs, senators, MCAs and other selected representatives will be coming,” said TNA’s executive director Joseph Mathai. One of the issues to be dis- cussed will be how to expand the party which was ranked the most popular in an opinion poll last month. Additional reporting by Aggrey Mutambo to take part and if anybody is thinking of tampering with the list to suit some candidates, that will be a dangerous thing to do at this time,” Mr Namwamba said. He criticised a proposal to create additional positions to accommodate a wider range of candidates. DAILY NATION Wednesday February 19, 2014 Ababu wants delegates list published We are asking the party to create room for free, fair and credible polls” Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba Mr Namwamba criticised those calling for the polls to be postponed to give party leader Raila Odinga time to build consensus and forestall a fallout triggered by jostling for positions. The battle for the secretary- general’s seat has intensified with nominated Senators Agnes Zani and Elizabeth Ongoro stepping up their campaigns. Mr Namwamba, who took his campaign to Kakamega, said ODM should set up 47 polling stations at Kasarani, venue for the polls, for delegates from each county to ensure credibility. “We are confident of clinching victory, but we are asking the party to create room for free, fair and credible polls devoid of manipulation,” he said. The Budalang’i lawmaker was ac- companied by Turkana Governor Joseph Nanok, who is interested in the chairman’s seat.
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