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Daily Nation : February 28th 2014
DAILY NATION Friday February 28, 2014 PARTY POLITICS will be to pick a team that will take it to power in the 2017 General Election delegates elect top leaders Opposing camps have Raila as the choice for party leader, but are split on other positions BY BERNARD NAMUNANE @nobewe email@example.com election. In total, 89 candidates will be O competing for 19 positions during the elections. Seven other positions which were proposed to be created to meet gender and regional balance requirements will not be filled after the proposal was rejected by one of the camps battling it out for control of the party. Orange House — the party’s head- quarters — was yesterday a beehive of activity as delegates trooped into town from various corners of the country and contestants engaged them in last minute campaigns. Bright orange At the Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani, the venue of the delegates conference which will elect the team to lead the Opposition party into the next General Election, the party colour — a bright orange — dominated. Yesterday, the two candidates fighting for the powerful position of secretary-general were confident of winning. “I always mean what I say, place a high premium on honesty, sincerity, loyalty, merit, justice and valour,” said Mr Ababu Namwamba, who is eyeing the secretary-general’s post against Dr Agnes Zani. On her part, Dr Zani described her- self as “an excellent leader and team player with exceptional organisational, planning and directing skills.” The two opposing camps have Mr Raila Odinga as their choice for party leader, but are deeply divided in all the other positions. Besides Mr Namwamba and Dr Zani, two other contestants, Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo and nominated Mr Wycliffe Oparanya The Kakamega governor is also eyeing the post of deputy party leader. Mr Oparanya, 58, holds a Master’s degree in Public Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a former senior audit manager at Ernst & Young and a chief financial controller at Kenya Aerotec Ltd. He served as Butere MP for 10 years and as minister for Planning. Mr Josephat Nanok The Turkana governor is vying for the post of ODM chairman. Mr Nanok, 44, holds a Political Science degree from the University of Nairobi. He quit his job at the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to join Parliament in 2007. He was elected the Turkana South MP and served as an assistant minister in the Grand Coalition Government. Dr Paul Otuoma The MP for Funyula, who is now serving his second term, is also seeking the post of chairman. Dr Otuoma, 48, holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi. Before joining politics in 2007, he was a manager at Bayer Africa. Dr Otuoma served in various capacities under the Grand Coalition government. DM will get new national officials regardless of which camp carries the day in today’s Dr Agnes Zani The former University of Nairobi sociology lecturer is seeking the post of secretary-general. She describes herself as a self-motivated and experienced researcher, human rights and gender activist. Dr Zani, 48, holds a PhD and MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford, in the UK. She also has an MA and BA in Sociology from the University of Nairobi. The ODM nominated senator was born in Kwale. Mr Ababu Namwamba The Fulbright scholar is also seeking to be secretary-general. Mr Namwamba, 39, holds a Master’s in Law (LLM) from the Washington College of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Nairobi. The second term ODM MP for Budalang’i is chair of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee and has served as minister for Sports and Youth. Mr Hassan Ali Joho The Mombasa governor is seeking to be the ODM deputy party leader. Mr Joho, 39, is a wealthy businessman who describes himself as the face of young leaders who make good their promises. In the last Parliament, he served as the MP for Kisauni. Controversy surrounds his bachelor’s degree which he obtained from Kampala University. THE CANDIDATES | It’s all systems go for today’s ballot Senator Elizabeth Ongoro are in the race for secretary-general’s post. The party will be seeking to replace former Cabinet minister Henry Kosgey (chairman), Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o (secretary-general), former assistant minister Ramadhan Seif Kajembe, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and Ms Ongoro (vice-chairman), Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno (treasurer) and Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho (organising-secretary). Mr Kosgey and Prof Nyong’o will not be defending their seats while Mr Joho will be gunning for the post of deputy party leader. When campaigns started, Mr Od- inga appeared to prefer Dr Zani to succeed Prof Nyong’o, but the former PM has in the recent past said he was willing to work with the team that the 2,831 delegates will elect today. Guide party to victory Yesterday, Mr Namwamba said his team had a mix of experienced and youthful leaders ready to take over the party and guide it to victory in the 2017 General Election. “What we have which others don’t is the capacity. I am the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament. My colleagues Aden Keynan is the chairman of the Pubic Investments Committee. In Josephat Nanok and Hassan Joho we truly present a strong team capable of transforming this party and propelling Mr Odinga to State House,” he said. Nominated Senator Jane Ongera, a former ODM executive director, threw her weight behind the Namwamba group, saying it was best placed to steer the party to victory in 2017. The second camp has Mr Odinga as party leader, Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya (deputy party leader), Funyula MP Paul Otuoma (chairman), Dr Zani (secretary-general), Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire (treasurer) and George Aladwa (organising secretary), and others. UPDATES SMS ‘NEWS UPDATES’ to 20667 NEW 20667 S National News 3 Bid to stop Orange party election fails BY NATION REPORTER An attempt to stop the ODM elections scheduled to kick-off today failed after a judge declined to issue orders sought by disgruntled party members. Mr Justice David Majanja di- rected the members to file their grievances with the political parties’ dispute resolution tribunal instead of filing a petition in court. Mr Evans Omondi Otore, Mr Ha- rold Ndege, Mr Jeremiah Oriango, Mr Peter Odhiambo, Ms Jacinta Anyango and Mr Zachary Seda wanted to stop the party elections claiming that their names had been unfairly excluded from the list of delegates expected to attend the party’s National Delegates Convention. They argued that despite being bona fide party officials from Kasipul in Homa Bay County, the party’s top officials had colluded with their rivals to exclude their names from the list of delegates. Handpicked strangers “The party’s election board in collaboration with cahoots have interfered with the delegates list from Kasipul and handpicked strangers who are not sub-branch officials and left us out. The board has refused to take action despite numerous efforts to resolve the dispute,” they said. They argued that the decision to omit their names was an affront to democracy and against the party’s own constitution and that unless the court intervened, their right to equal protection of the law was at risk of being violated. They said that after they com- plained, the party summoned them on February 25 and promised to include their names but a final list of delegates published a day later did not contain their names. A second application was filed by Mr Paul Partoire ole Kaika who claimed that the party had omitted his name from the list of contestants.
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