May 26th 2017

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Pulling apart, ODM, Wiper to face each other in key local races

Early this month, the Wiper Party proposed a mechanism in which the two parties would coordinate their campaigns in Nairobi to ensure they won maximum seats against Jubilee Party, but the idea seems not to have been followed through by ODM.

By David Mutuadmutua@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 23 Apr 2017 19:34 EAT

The NASA principals at Bomas of Kenya last week.

NASA co-principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka are fielding candidates in Nairobi and Mombasa counties, dimming hope over joint nominations and raising fears among NASA supporters that competition between the affiliate parties could hand the Jubilee Party advantage in some competitive constituencies.

In Mombasa County for example, Wiper Secretary General Hassan Omar is facing the incumbent Ali Hassan Joho who is the ODM deputy party leader. The two gubernatorial aspirants from both parties have already been given direct tickets to vie for the seat. The position of women representative on Wiper Party is being fought for by Zamzam Mohamed against the ODM aspirant.

In Nairobi County, Rahab Wangui Ndambuki will use the Wiper flag to vie for women representative position against other aspirants in ODM. In Kwale County, Wiper gubernatorial aspirant Chirau Ali Mwakwere has been given a direct nomination, thus set to ran against ODM candidate to be identified among Dr Issah Chipera, Kwale Speaker Sammy Ruwa, Nicholas Zani, Mohammed Mwachai and Gereza Dena.

With the two parties conducting their primaries in various parts of the country, it is expected that they may win over disgruntled aspirants from either side, thereby raising competition between them.

Early this month, the Wiper Party proposed a mechanism in which the two parties would coordinate their campaigns in Nairobi to ensure they won maximum seats against Jubilee Party, but the idea seems not to have been followed through by ODM.

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