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Raila accused of favouring daughter for Kibera seat

"One is left wondering the rationale behind the recent invitation by the Party for prospective candidates for all elective positions to submit their applications, if the Party nominees for certain positions, including but not limited to Kibra Constituency has already been arbitrarily decided beforeh

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 15 Dec 2016 11:22 EAT

Rosemary Odinga addressing a past rally in Kibera.

Raila Odinga's campaign manager in the 2013 general elections has accuse dthe CORD leader of planning to impose his daughter Rosemary Odinga as the ODM candidate for the Kibera parliamentary seat. Mr Eliud Owalo, who many believe rose to his party management position in part due to his late father's association with the Odinga family, fired a terse letter to Mr Odinga yesterday in which he accuses the former of applying double standards in his campaign for democratization in Kenya.

"My humble submission is that we stand to lose moral ground to continue religiously advocating for the conduct of impartial elections by the IEBC at the national level as has been the case in the past if our own internal ODM Party primaries are either mismanaged in reality or non-existent in practice," Mr Owalo wrote in the letter.

Mr Owalo said he is "perturbed at objectively verifiable reports that there is an elaborate scheme to impose Ms. Rosemary Odinga on the good people of Kibra Constituency as the ODM Parliamentary Candidate for purposes of the 2017 General Elections." The letter was the latest in a series of exchanges between Mr Owalo and his former boss whom he accuses of foisting preferred candidates on electors.

Since Owalo turned his attention on the Kibera parliamentary seat upon reliquishing his position as head of the Raila secretariat, he has treated the upcoming election more or less as a formality, engaging incumbent Ken Okoth in nasty fights. His ambitions have however been threatened by Rosemary's entry into the race.

"One is left wondering the rationale behind the recent invitation by the Party for prospective candidates for all elective positions to submit their applications, if the Party nominees for certain positions, including but not limited to Kibra Constituency has already been arbitrarily decided beforehand," he said in the letter to Mr Odinga.

"My plea to the Party is to accord the People of Kibra constituency and anywhere else for that matter their inalienable democratic right to elect leaders of their choice for all elective positions as per the dictates of the Constitution of Kenya 2010," concluded the letter.

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