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Daily Nation : February 25th 2014
DAILY NATION Tuesday February 25, 2014 POLLS | Zani and Budalangi MP to face-off in contest later this week at Safaricom Kasarani stadium ODM factions vow to oppose nine new posts Namwamba allies insist positions should not be diluted to accommodate contestants as Raila welcomes ‘young turks’ BY NATION TEAM @Newsdesk firstname.lastname@example.org some candidates rejecting a proposal to amend the party constitution and create more positions. This came as party leader Raila D Odinga said he was willing to give a chance to “young turks” to lead the party as they would be key in injecting fresh blood and energy. The National Governing Council had last week resolved to amend the constitution to create more seats to accommodate various interests groups and ensure the party remains united after the elections. But yesterday, a faction allied to Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba who is eyeing the powerful secretary general’s post opposed the expansion of the top positions to create nine new posts. Turkana governor Josephat Nanok who wants to be chairman said: “When we go to Kasarani, we expect to elect one party leader, one deputy party leader, one chairman, one vice chairman, one secretary-general in that order not two as some have suggested.” Addressing journalists at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, the group further demanded that the elections proceed as scheduled despite some candidates crying foul and wanting it postponed. Mombasa governor Ali Hassan ifferences in ODM over national elections set for Friday intensified yesterday with Joho said there have been attempts to cancel the polls which have threatened to split the popular party down the middle. The group yesterday campaigned in Thika and Machakos and were scheduled to meet delegates from the Maa community at the Bomas of Kenya later in the evening. Mr Namwamba’s line-up has Mr Joho as its favourite candidate for the deputy party Leader position, Mr Nanok (chairman), Mr Simon Ogari (treasurer), Ms Roza Buyu (organising secretary) and Suleiman Ndori (deputy organising secretary). Yesterday, the group which was accompanied by a number of MPs and Senators was confident it would win the elections. Mr Joho questioned where some of the candidates were when ODM was fighting it out to capture power in the last General Election. A bitter rivalry has erupted between Mr Joho and Senator Agnes Zani’s camp for the control of Coast votes in the polls. Dr Zani, who will face Mr Namwamba for the secretary general post has been reported to enjoy the blessings of ODM leader Raila Odinga for the seat. Mr Odinga has however stated that he does not favour any candidate for the positions and asked those interested to vie and let the delegates decide. Dr Zani’s supporters are fronting Funyula MP Paul Otuoma for chairman and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya as deputy party leader. Mr Oparanya is to face it out with Mr Joho for the seat. The group also insisted that the polls slated for this weekend cannot be postponed and demanded for a free and fair exercise through secret ballot. In Kisumu, Mr Odinga said was ready and willing to work with the youth in the coming party elections. Mr Odinga said that time to give the National News 3 TNA set to hold grassroots elections BY NATION REPORTER TNA is planning to start its recruitment drive from next month to be followed by grassroots elections. This follows pressure from a group led by Kajiado North MP Moses Sakuda for establishment of party structures from the grassroots to national level to ensure the party does not become moribund. TNA chairman Johnson Sakaja (below) said the party’s National Oversight Board, which he chairs, met after the retreat in Naivasha at the weekend and agreed on a one-month recruitment drive. TOM OTIENO | NATION BACKGROUND 2,800 delegates to vote this week Venue: The event, which will be held at Kasarani on Friday and Saturday this week and will involve over 2,800 delegates at Safaricom Kasarani stadium. Balloting: The election shall be through secret ballot and the delegates are to sit and vote as per county. Accreditation: Only accredited delegates are to be allowed into the venue. Delegates: The list of delegates are to be distributed to the county officials young minds a chance to fulfil their leadership ambitions had come. “It is not only right but also important as a country to allow youth Former PM Raila Odinga during the launch of the ODM Youth Arise mentorship programme in Kisumu yesterday. “After that we will meet county to lead as we are headed for radical changes in the coming electioneering periods,” he said. As a result, he challenged the old guard who had held numerous positions in the party not to feel threatened and instead welcome dialogue and cooperation with the youth. “The party has been facing tur- bulent times but we will mentor the young leaders; they must be prepared to be trained to be sharper than they are now,” he said when presiding over the launch of the ODM arise programme. Last week, ODM proposed creation of new national offices in an effort to remain united. The party will now have two deputy leaders, a move intended to accommodate Mr Joho and Mr Oparanya both eyeing the post. Reports by Lucas Barasa, Moses Odhiambo and Silas Apollo chairpersons to discuss how we can conduct grassroots elections,” Mr Sakaja told the Nation by phone. Although the party’s constitu- tion says Mr Sakaja and his team are supposed to be in office until 2017, the chairman said he could call for national polls midway if half of the branches request the oversight board to call for a special convention. “We are ready for elections but we need to build the party structures. I am ready to face anyone,” Mr Sakaja said. He, however, said he had not called for any parliamentary group meeting for tomorrow as stated by M Sakuda’s team. “We want to hold PG but we have not given the date. I have not called any PG but people have a right to meet,” Mr Sakaja said.
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