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Busia ODM aspirant threatens to decamp from party, fearing rigged primaries

Mr Musumba expressed fear that he could be rigged out of the primaries. "Although I have already paid Sh250,000 as nomination fee and Sh20,000 as life membership, I fear my opponent Jeff Omuse will be given the ticket, thus effectively locking me out of contention," he said.

By Tobbie WekesaTuesday, 24 Jan 2017 11:22 EAT

Mr Musumba at Busia polytechnic on Saturday.

Teso South parliamentary aspirant Denzel Musumba has given ODM an ultimatum to conduct the party primaries in a free and fair manner or he decamps to any of the National Super Alliance affiliated parties. Speaking at Busia Polytechnic during a rally attended by Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, Musumba said he would be an ODM member only as long as he gets assurance that the party primaries will be free and fair.

"Some ODM officials want to give my opponent from Amukura Division the ODM ticket citing regional balance. They claim the Governor and I come from the same region (Chakol). That misconception already disqualifies me in seeking nomination on ODM ticket. I may opt for ANC, Wiper, Ford Kenya or vie as an independent candidate," Mr Musumba said. However, Mr Musumba, who is the proprietor of Nairobi-based Border TV, said he would back Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and CORD leader Raila Odinga or anybody nominated to carry CORD or NASA flag.

ODM Busia County Secretary Innocent Oluku has promised Mr Musumba of free, fair and transparent elections. "We are ready to repeat the ODM primaries in Teso South even for three times for the sake of getting the most popular candidate to carry the party's flag at the polls. It would be foolhardy for the party to endorse a weaker candidate and then struggle to sell him or her to wananchi. If Musumba is popular then why fear to participate in the primaries?" he asked.

However, Mr Musumba expressed fear that he could be rigged out of the primaries. "Although I have already paid Sh250,000 as nomination fee and Sh20,000 as life membership, I fear my opponent Jeff Omuse will be given the ticket, thus effectively locking me out of contention," he said.

The meeting saw candidates seeking the ANC ticket declare their intentions. They included Mary Makokha (Butula parliamentary seat) and Catherine Omanyo (Matayos parliamentary seat), Elizabeth Juma and Susan Mangeni (Women Rep), Monica Mungala (MCA Burumba) and Moses Mamai (MCA, Angurai East).

The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press





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