Kenyans to Know Kibaki’s Election Challengers this Weekend
Two of Kenya’s main opposition parties are due to nominate their flagbearers this weekend. Both the Orange Democratic Movement – Kenya (ODM-K) and the “original” Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) parties will hold their nomination functions at the notorious Kasarani Gymnasium on Friday and Saturday respectively. KADDU will follow-up with its own a week later.
ODM-K are due hold their National Delegates Conference on Friday 31st August 2007. But the function is threatened by the outcome of a court case in which a section of elected ODM-K councillors have moved to court seeking an injunction to stop the National Delegates Conference. The plaintiffs want the party’s NDC meeting held after the party’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and after all national office bearers are named. The also want the party to hold branch elections countrywide before the AGM. The court will hear the suit on Thursday, just a day before the NDC. A ruling in favour of the civic leaders might spell political and financial doom for the organisers of the ODM-K’s NDC.
The race for the presidential ticket in ODM-K is between Julia Ojiambo and Kalonzo Musyoka. It is not known if Nazleen Umar will also join the race having expressed an interest during the early days of ODM-K, but never submitting her nomination papers to the then National Elections Board.
Meanwhile, the “original” Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has reportedly finalised the selection of 4,200 delegates who will nominate its presidential candidate on Saturday 1st September 2007 through secret balloting. Each of the country’s 210 constituencies will be sending 20 delegates to the Kasarani Gymnasium for ODM’s Special Delegates Conference. Observers will be required to pay Sh5,000 to attend the meeting. Accredited of delegates was still going on at Orange House as at 14h00 EAT.
The race for ODM’s ticket is between Raila Odinga, Joseph Nyagah, Musalia Mudavadi and Najib Balala. All these candidates held a bonding session in Mombasa yesterday and were this morning still locked in a meeting in a Nairobi Hotel. The meetings were called to strategize in light of Moi’s announcement that he will support Kibaki in forthcoming elections. The candidates also want to avoid a fall-out after nomination of their presidential ticket flagbearer.
The Kenya Democratic Development Union (Kaddu), hitherto a party thought to be former President Moi’s decoy in Western Province, plans to hold a rally on 8th September 2007 at Kakamega’s Muliro Gardens in which its Chairman, Mr. Cyrus Jirongo, is expected to launch his presidential bid. Following former President Moi’s declaration that he would supporting President Kibaki second bid, Mr. Jirongo has been quoted appealing to the opposition to unite in order to defeat the powerful alliance of the old men. He obviously feels betrayed by the former president whom he had banked on to bless an alliance between himself, ODM-K’s Kalonzo Musyoka and KANU’s Uhuru Kenyatta.
Other major players whose next move is being monitored are NARC’s Charity Ngilu and KANU’s Uhuru Kenyatta. The former has announced that she will also be in the race for the presidency, but she is keeping her cards close to her chest waiting for President Kibaki to announce which political party’s ticket he will seek the presidency on.
A united KANU are expect to call an NDC to determine if party Chairman Uhuru Kenyatta will be in the race or if they will be forming an alliance with another party to support a different candidate from its own. Uhuru and his faction rival Nicholas Biwott are thought to be waiting for dust arising from the latest nominations to settle before making his next move. That next move is widely expected to be along similar lines to that of former President Moi.
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- Former President Moi Endorses Kibaki, Vows to Remain a KANU Member
- Are Kenya’s ‘First Families’ Uniting to Support President Kibaki’s Second Term?