‘Re­open ODM of­fices or we’ll vote else­where’

The of­fices in Malindi were closed im­me­di­ately af­ter the by-elec­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ALPHONCE GARI @alphonce2011

Hun­dreds of ODM sup­port­ers in Malindi yes­ter­day stormed the party of­fices, protest­ing against al­leged hypocrisy and lack of good will among elected lead­ers in run­ning party af­fairs.

The sup­port­ers gave a three-day ul­ti­ma­tum to the lead­ers to open the of­fices, which were closed im­me­di­ately af­ter the by-elec­tion on March 7 or else, they will ditch the party.

They said the party is los­ing pop­u­lar­ity in the re­gion at the ex­pense of the Ju­bilee Party due to bad lead­er­ship.The sup­port­ers ac­cused elected lead­ers of pre­tend­ing to please party leader Raila Odinga so that they get nom­i­na­tions and win elec­tions.

In 2013 gen­eral elec­tion, all the elected lead­ers in the con­stituency won on the ODM ticket.

Boaz Kiir, a strong lo­cal ODM sup- porter, said they are dis­ap­pointed and may opt vote to ODM only for the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and elect other lead­ers from other par­ties.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists out­side the locked party of­fices, he said the elected ODM lead­ers have no in­ter­est in pop­u­lar­is­ing the party. He said the prob­lem has led to the clo­sure of all ODM of­fices in Kil­ifi county.

“We have no faith in the cur­rent ODM elected lead­ers. They have contributed to the mis­man­age­ment of party af­fairs at the grass­roots,’’ Kiir said.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing to see other lead­ers lead­ing by ex­am­ple in en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to reg­is­ter as vot­ers but in Kil­ifi, things are dif­fer­ent. Lead­ers will only ap­pear dur­ing the nom­i­na­tions. We will not al­low such lead­ers to mis­lead the party leader for their own per­sonal gain,” he said.

The Ju­bilee Party plans to open of­fices in all the 7 con­stituen­cies in the Coast.

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