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Daily Nation : February 27th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 27, 2014 PARTY POLITICS CONTEST | Major concession to group supporting Namwamba bid for secretary-general ODM backtracks on new party slots Six additional positions created to facilitate gender and regional balance to be filled later BY ISAAC ONGIRI @ongiri2 firstname.lastname@example.org modate more leaders in tomorrow’s National Delegates Convention (NDC). And the Orange Democratic T Movement’s secretary-general Anyang’ Nyong’o also declared that party leadership had resolved tomorrow’s elections would be conducted through secret ballot due to the level of competition for various seats, a major concession to demands by the group supporting Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba’s bid for the secretary-general’s post. Prof Nyong’o told a press briefing at Orange House yesterday that the party had decided to conduct elections only on the 26 positions previously advertised, adding that six additional positions created to facilitate gender and regional balance would be filled later. This now means that Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kakamega counterpart Wycliffe Oparanya will compete for the position of deputy party leader. The delegates will also chose be- tween Aldas MP Adan Keynan and Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ for the vice chairman. Other interesting positions that would have been shared but which will now attract competition is that of the deputy secretary-general, with an epic battle expected between nominated MP Isaac Mwaura and Ugunja’s Opiyo Wandai. Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga who is vying for the position of deputy treasurer will have to face off with Rahab Robi, while Busia County Women Representative Florence Mutua will have to square it out with Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori for the he Orange party has backed down from a proposal to fill additional positions to accom- ELECTIONS Candidates gear up for the ballot All 2,823 delegates are expected in the city will be accommodated in various hotels and lodges and will only be registered at the venue. Party executive director Magerer Langat tells the Nation that adequate measures to ensure an organized election has been put in place. deputy organising secretary’s seat. “An agenda before the National Delegates Conference to elect additional office holders as proposed by United stand in vote against 2005 constitution gave birth to Orange BY LUCAS BARASA email@example.com The Orange Democratic Movement was born from a movement which successfully opposed the 2005 proposed constitution in a referendum. The name was proposed by now Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala (top right) during a “No” rally in Kisumu. The “No” side, whose symbol was an orange, carried the day in the referendum. The group brought together Mr Raila Odinga, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr William Ruto, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr Musalia Mudavadi (right), Mr Joe Nyagah and Mr Balala against supporters of the proposed constitution led by then President Kibaki. The name “Orange” origi- nated from the referendum ballot cards in which a “Yes” vote was represented by the banana and a “No” by the orange. The “No” vote, which ODM backed, won with 58.12 per cent of Kenyans voting down the proposed constitution. Following the rejection of the constitution, President Kibaki dismissed his entire Cabinet, which the ODM said was a step in the right direction but called for immediate elections, claiming the Kibaki regime had lost its mandate. ment Party of Kenya (ODM) and Orange Democratic Movement-Kenya (ODM-K), following differences over its presidential candidate for the 2007 polls. While Mr Odinga, Mr Ruto, Mr Mudavadi, Mr Nyagah and Mr Balala opted for ODM, Mr Musyoka stayed in ODM-K while Mr Kenyatta, who was Kanu chairman, opted out after the referendum and later declared his support for President Kibaki of PNU. The two factions held elections for presidential candidates on consecutive days for the 2007 polls with Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka emerging victorious in their camps. Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka The Kibaki administration resisted the calls. ODM, however, emerged as a major opposition party with Kanu and pushed for a new constitution. Following their united stand in the referendum and responding to a threat by a newly formed Narc-Kenya party, the leaders of Kanu, LDP and some smaller parties decided to team up for the 2007 general elections under ODM. However, lawyer Mugambi Imanyara managed to register ODM as a party before the coalition did, forcing them to use the ODM-Kenya banner. The party later split into the Orange Democratic Move- then faced President Kibaki in the general election. President Kibaki was de- clared winner in circumstances described as “questionable” by some observers. ODM disputed the results and violence erupted. ODM, with the majority seats, became the largest party in Parliament after the elections with 99 members. It went on to win three out of five by-elections in early 2008. However, a recent opinion poll showed ODM has lost the bragging rights as the most popular party to President Kenyatta’s TNA, although with a small margin. Orange Democratic Movement secretary-general Anyang’ Nyong’o with party national election board chairperson Judy Pareno briefs the Press. Prof Nyong’o said the party elections would be conducted through secret ballot. BILLY MUTAI | NATION the National Governing Council is not an emergency. For that matter, the proposed offices will not be filled on Friday, but subsequently after the NDC,” Prof Nyong’o said. He said NDC’s permission would be sought on Friday to allow the National Governing Council to fill those positions with a view to fulfilling the gender and regional balance depending on the outcome of tomorrow’s elections. Prof Nyong’o’s announcement made at a press conference at the Orange House yesterday appeared to be a strategic response to demands by a group allied to Mr Joho that had threatened to shoot down a motion to increase additional positions as proposed by the NGC last week. National News 5 TNA to hold parliamentary group meeting BY NATION REPORTER Faced with unending wrangles President Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA is to hold its parliamentary group meeting today to agree on way forward. It was however not clear if Presi- dent Kenyatta would attend and chair the PG with unconfirmed reports indicating he could be present. The Kajiado West MP who has been leading a group pushing for changes in the party and strengthening of its structures said the PG will review TNA’s performance since last year’s General Election. All MPs invited “All MPs have been invited ir- respective of their stand. We will all attend,” Mr Sakuda who was the first TNA MP to be elected in a by-election following the death of former Internal Security Minister George Saitoti, said. He said the PG will further re- view TNA’s future strategy, plan its activities and roll out calendar towards its election. TNA, the party which President Kenyatta used to ascend to power has been dogged with leadership wrangles. The party has also been on the spot over nominations to Parliament and alleged loss of millions of shillings.
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