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Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 11:31 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
A number of ODM parliamentary and county representative aspirants from Nairobi have opposed the party's decision to appoint Mombasa governor and ODM deputy party leader Hassan Joho to oversee party primaries in the capital city scheduled for this Sunday.
The aspirants say Mr Joho has a conflict of interest in the race for Langata parliamentary seat where his cousin and personal assistant Ahmed Ibrahim is running. Led by Jared Odhiambo Omolo, aspirants for the Langata parliamentary who included Alex Ouda Otieno, Musaari Kahiga Syongo, Jacob Otieno Ouma and Bernard Adhiambo Oguwa said the party erred in appointing Joho and want the appointment reversed.
"We are dismayed and alarmed at the appointment of Joho to oversee the nomination exercise in Nairobi. Although as a party leader he is expected to play a neutral role, Joho is on record swearing to install his PA and relative Ahmed Ibrahim as the next MP for Langata, an irresponsible thing to do given that it puts him at loggerheads with other ODM party candidates and their supporters," the aspirants said in a press statement.
The aspirants also claimed that the aspirant the governor was pushing as the candidate for Langata was "a man of a dark background bordering on criminality," citing a recent Sunday Nation report which included the aspirant's brother in a list of suspected cyber criminals who are alleged to have Kenya Revenue Authority systems and stolen huge sums of money. This website could not verify the allegation about the aspirant's relationship with the alleged criminal suspect.
Other aspirants who signed the statement included MCA aspirants Fredrick Obwanda (Karen ward), Simeon Odhiambo Waringa, Crispin Ogolla and Maurice Otieno Gari (Nairobi West ward), Bernard Okeyo, Ibrahim Osura and Isaac Wanjala (Mugumoini ward), Victor Ochieng, Lydia Wanjala and Elam Mimo Bundi (South C ward) and Osman Khalif Abdi and Kipainoi Vinton.
The aspirants also alleged that Mr Joho was being preferential treatment compared to his peers in ODM, saying for instance that the governor had bad blood with other ODM governors owing to the manner the party machinery was pushing him into national leadership.
The statement alleged, for instance, that Joho's appointment to oversee the Nairobi primaries had rankled Governor Evans Kidero's supporters, who say their man had been slighted by Joho's appointment to over the primaries in the city.
The statement, which comes in the wake of ODM Dispute and Appeals Tribunal's decision to overturn the nomination another cousin of Joho's in the Nyali parliamentary seat, expressed fear that the governor was imposing his relatives in the party structure.
Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press