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Daily Nation : February 22nd 2014
4 | National News ELECTION | Party rocked by divisions ahead of poll Coast leaders back Ababu for ODM chief Politicians omit Zani from party’s poll strategy team opting for her rival BY DANIEL NYASSY @dnyassy email@example.com AND WINNIE ATIENO firstname.lastname@example.org to prepare for next week’s national elections yesterday, signalling divisions within the party. Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho briefly showed up at the venue but quickly left leaving Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu, who told journalists that Dr Agnes Zani, who is fighting for the secretary general’s post against Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba, whould not form part of the campaign team. “We have met honourable C Zani and agreed that she will campaign alone throughout the country while we have decided to do it as a group,” said Mr Mwadeghu, at Flamingo Beach Resort and Spa in Mombasa North. He said the group would instead work with Mr Namwamba. But Dr Zani immediately denounced the move, saying on the telephone: “As far as oast ODM leaders yesterday snubbed a meeting meant I know, there is a committee that has been selected and mandated to go round the country. It is simply carrying out its mandate. I do not think these Mombasa group is campaigning. But even if they are campaigning everyone has their own individual way of doing things.” to become the President and will come and ask for your votes, where is the problem? We must be given a chance so that we change the names in the ballot papers,” Mr Joho, who is vying for the party’s deputy leader post, added. Mr Lusaka called for unity We could not meet because as you can see, leaders are not here. They are engaged elsewhere” Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu Mr Joho who later ad- dressed Bungoma leaders in his office threw his weight behind Mr Namwamba for secretary general and Turkana governor Josphat Nanok for the chairmanship. “Some of us had even printed campaign materials for Hassan Joho deputy party leader . I will not surrender and will go all the way to the finishing line If there is someone stronger than me, let him or her show prowess at the ground” he told Bungoma leaders and delegates led by the governor Kenneth Lusaka in his office in Mombasa yesterday. “I was an MP, I am now a governor and one day I want in the party while Mombasa, Senator Hassan Omar called for an end to wrangles between governors and senators. Mr Mwadeghu, who is the chairman of the Constitutional committee of the Coast leaders, said their team would begin campaigning across the countrythis weekend ahead of Friday’s national elections. He explained that the leaders, who he said had all been invited, had been caught up in other engagements and would be available for a meeting tonight. “We could not meet because as you can see, leaders are not here. They are engaged elsewhere and some of them are still in Nairobi. But we have agreed to meet tonight and will give the press a comprehensive statement tomorrow (today) morning,” he said. Coast leaders had consulted widely and were in agreement that the sharing of positions in the party would be fair, said Mr Mwadeghu, adding that the campaign strategic team would comprise Mr Joho, Mr Namwamba, Mr Josphat Nanok (Turkana Governor) , Mr Simon Ogari (South Mugirango MP) and Mrs Rosa SATURDAY NATION February 22, 2014 Report: TNA had negative bank balance BY NATION REPORTER President Kenyatta’s party, TNA, operated a negative bank balance a month after the 2013 elections. Confidential transactions seen by Stra ain reveal that by audy Nto April 23, TNA had only Sh10,523 in its Co-op Bank account. On the same day, Sh40,000 was withdrawn, marking the first negative balance that would run untill August 30, 2013. The party was unable to pay salaries to its skeleton staff until the Sh45,340,109 Political Parties Fund was credited into the account on February 4, this year. According to documents, the party was paid Sh966,204 as arrears accrued from the 2012/2013 year. Sh44,373,905 was credited as half of the Sh89 million the party got from the Registrar of Political Parties due to its popularity and strength in Parliament. Money matters have rocked TNA, splitting its officials and dividing its Parliamentary group. Chairman Johnson Sakaja and KEVIN ODITY| NATION Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu addresses a press conference at Flamingo hotel in Mombasa yesterday Buyu, a Kisumu politician. Asked if excluding Dr Zani from the team while including her opponent would split the party, the MP said: “She has her right to campaign as an individual.” He said the party would not agree to have leaders imposed upon them, saying if there was a per-de- termined list, “there would be no need for campaigns.” The team will tour Isiolo in Garissa on Sunday, Thika, Machakos and Ong’ata Rongai on Monday, Kisumu, Kakamega and Eldoret on Tuesday, ending with Kericho and Mombasa on Wednesday and Thursday. secretary-general Onyango Oloo are on one side while Treasurer Wambui Gichuru is on the camp of about 20 MPs agitating for change of guard at the party. “Some MPs are eyeing TNA money. Where were they when we were operating with nothing?” asked Mr Oloo. Documents show that MPs who are supposed to pay Sh10,000 every month to the party only started remitting the money in November, last year. “We want to know how our cash is utilised. There has been a problem since the nomination days,” said Kieni MP Kanini Kega.
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