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The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

must say that I think it is a bad idea for any­body to im­ply that cer­tain gov­er­nors should have their party tick­ets re­served for them. This would be un­demo­cratic. It would be no dif­fer­ent from me say­ing that I should au­to­mat­i­cally be given nom­i­na­tion by my party with­out fac­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

My point is sim­ply this: Let com­pe­ti­tion pre­vail. This is good for our democ­racy. And let the best man win.

The ar­gu­ments some gov­er­nors are us­ing that they have done so much leave a lot to be de­sired. In fact, many of our gov­er­nors, if you were to quan­tify the amounts of money they have re­ceived for the last four years, vis-a-vis the projects they have ini­ti­ated, have not re­ally been that im­pres­sive.

There­fore it is wrong for them to as­sert that the rea­son they are ask­ing for di­rect nom­i­na­tions is that they have done such a ster­ling job.

In any case, if you do a ster­ling job, you do not need any­body to favour you: It au­to­mat­i­cally gives you the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing re­elected.

My fi­nal point is that ODM as a party must make sure that the mis­takes they have been made in the past must not be re­peated again. First, the nom­i­na­tions were a sham. Very many can­di­dates who were pop­u­lar on the ground were de­nied the ticket by their party and they then had to go look­ing for the pe­riph­eral par­ties to get a ticket to en­able them to con­test the elec­tion.

We thus have a num­ber of cases – very well known and the de­tails are in the pub­lic do­main – of can­di­dates for var­i­ous po­si­tions who were first de­nied the ODM ticket and then went on to ob­tain tick­ets from par­ties as di­verse as PDP and Ford Kenya, and then man­aged to win the seat they were vy­ing for.

My point then is this: Let us make sure there is real fair­ness in al­low­ing peo­ple to run for po­lit­i­cal of­fice on a level play­ing field. The pub­lic will then de­cide who they want to rep­re­sent them. For the pub­lic knows very well who we all are as their lead­ers. The pub­lic fully un­der­stands who is steal­ing money right now.

If an elected leader says, “We have spent two bil­lion shillings do­ing ‘Project A’ or ‘Project B”, the pub­lic knows whether that money has been prop­erly spent or not.

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