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Daily Nation : February 23rd 2014
SUNDAY NATION February 23, 2014 Sunday Review 23 ODM ELECTIONS | Delegates say party will triumph if democracy prevails, and creation of positions wasn’t the solution Coast leaders split over Zani and Ababu Region dismisses Raila’s decision to form new positions as unfair and harmful BY MWAKERA MWAJEFA @mwakeramwajefam firstname.lastname@example.org tween senator Dr Agnes Zani and Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba for the position of the secretary in the party elections on Friday. The loyalty of some leaders C and delegates seems to have shifted from Dr Zani after Coast Governor Hassan Joho backed Mr Namwamba for the position which has stretched the party’s unity. Yesterday, a five-mem- ber committee chaired by Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu to collect views from the Coast and engage other regions released its line-up for the election. The list, which excluded Dr Zani, has Mr Odinga as party leader, Mr Joho (Mombasa) as his deputy, Mr Josephat Nanok (Turkana) as chairman, Mr Namwamba (Busia) as secretary general and Mrs Rose Buyu (Kisumu) as organising secretary. Also in the line-up are Mr Simon Ogari (Kisii) for treasurer, Mr Suleiman Dori (Kwale) as deputy organising secretary and nominated MP Zulekha Hassan (Kilifi) as the secretary, international affairs. “Our interactions with other regions revealed that we had to sacrifice one of our own and it wasn’t going to be Governor Joho,” Mr Mwadeghu said, explaining why they opted for the deputy party leader’s position. Those who attended the press conference at Nyali International Beach Hotel yesterday included governors Joho and Amason Kingi (Kilifi), and oast ODM leaders were yesterday split on who to support be- Senator Stewart Madzaya (Kilifi), among others. However, conspicuously missing were MPs Masoud Mwahima (Likoni), Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni), Suleiman Dori (Msambweni), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe), William Kamoti (Rabai) and Taita Taveta woman representative Joyce Lay. The team led by the Mom- basa governor is expected to tour the country between tomorrow and Thursday to meet delegates beginning from Isiolo, Thika, Machakos, Ongata Rongai, Kisumu, Kakamega, Eldoret, Kericho, Mombasa and Nairobi. ‘‘ the leaders at the meeting who spoke to Sunday Nation on condition of anonymity said that the coast leadership’s move to back Mr Namwamba was a revolt against Mr Odinga. “If our party leader is a true democrat, he should have involved us in the creation of nine new positions before making the decision. As coast leaders, we cannot agree to be used as a rubber stamp any more,” he said. Disowned list A few minutes after the press conference, ODM county chairmen Kenneth Kamto (Kilifi), James Dena (Kwale) and secretary Danson Mwakoma (Taita Taveta) distanced themselves from the line-up presented. Speaking at the Castle Royal Hotel in Mombasa, Mr Dena disowned the move to support Mr Namwamba saying that was an individual decision. “The people of the Coast support Senator Zani’s candidature and will not be influenced by political brokers from within. The senator has an elaborate plan to institute changes in the party and her steadfast character and content is making some people uncomfortable,” said Mr Dena. He said there was noth- ing wrong in having both Dr Zani and Mr Joho vying for positions since each region expected to secure at least three positions. Creating new positions is not the solution. The solutions is whether democracy prevails” Governor Kingi Earlier, the leaders had de- manded that only the seats declared vacant and advertised in the dailies should be contested, not the ones recently created. “We believe the party top hierarchy should be a lean and focused team whose loyalty is beyond reproach,” Mr Mwadeghu said, adding that the party list for all genuine delegates should be published by Tuesday latest. During question time after the press conference, Governor Kingi dismissed the decision to expand the party’s leadership saying it was counter-productive. “Creating new positions is not the solution. The solution is whether democracy prevails in the party,” said Mr Kingi, adding that it was a “dangerous precedent” to set. One of FILE | NATION From left: Coast ODM leaders MP Thomas Mwadehu, Kilifi governor Amason Kingi and Mishi Mboko, Mombasa Women rep.
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