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Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 16:57 EATskenana@kenyafreepress.com
The Orange Democratic Movement won the by-elections in Mosiro ward, Kajiado County by a razor-thin margin. The party's candidate Peter Ntimoye Kuseyo gathered 1,079 votes against Jubilee’s candidate Jonathan Koilekan who had 1,056 votes. The voting took place in seven polling stations and indicates nearly even distribution of support between ODM and Jubilee in Kajiado County.
The Maasai community, which has been known to vote along party lines rather than for individual qualities, could be undergoing a political transformation. The change comes partly due to the call by Narok North MP Moitalel Ole Kenta, a Jubilee member who has denied claims that the Maasai people had moved to the new Jubilee Party, for the Maasais had not decided on which party to support.
“As the Maasai community, we will go to a party that will protect the rights of the community. Those moving around saying we are in Jubilee Party are daydreaming because we will sit as the community decides on the party that suits us,” Mr Kenta has emphatically said. As the 2017 election nears, Jubilee and CORD leaders have been trying to win the hearts of the Maasai community and make them join their coalition.
During the recent celebration of late minister William ole Ntimama’s life journey in Motonyi, Narok County, most of the speakers sought to make the Maasais an integral part of their campaigns. Although Ntimama had joined Jubilee before his death, ODM leader Raila Odinga told the mourners that his late friend had assured him that he was still in the party. Jubilee and CORD are currently engaged in a fierce battle to win the Maasai vote.
In 2013 elections, the Kajiado gubernatorial seat went to David Nkediaye of ODM, as did the Kajiado Central parliamentary seat that was won by current Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery, who defected to Jubilee less than two years after the election. Jubilee won the women representative and senator's positions plus four parliamentary seats. ODM has however won all the by-elections in the region.
In yesterday's by-election, the ward experienced a high turnout of voters with 91 percent coming to the booths. ODM had 50.78 percent of the votes while Jubilee had 49.22 of the votes. Mr Kuseyo’s supporters celebrated convinced that he will heed the plea of the people, the result carried deep symbolism for the breath-taking battle between the two leading coalitions ahead of 2017.
Mr Odinga had campaigned for the ODM candidate personally on the last campaign day, accompanied by Governor David Nkediaye and Kajiado East parliamentary aspirant George Lianto Kimite who are the leading ODM organisers in the county, along with the MP for Kajiado Central, Elijah Memusi.