Wiper and ODM will fight for Cord posts in Kisii pri­maries – Kalonzo

We’ll bat­tle it out to get strong can­di­dates for the coali­tion. My party has a very strong team... Nom­i­na­tions will be tough but that’s the beauty of democ­racy, he says

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Wiper and ODM are equal part­ners in Kisii and Nyamira and will bat­tle it out for Cord nom­i­na­tions, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has said.

He spoke on Mon­day when he con­cluded a two-day tour of the two coun­ties.

Kalonzo said Wiper as­pi­rants will face ODM hope­fuls in the Cord pri­maries ahead of the next elec­tion.

“ODM and Wiper are now equals in the Kisii and Nyamira coun­ties. As­pi­rants from the two coali­tion part­ners should bat­tle it out in nom­i­na­tions so that we get strong Cord can­di­dates. That is what we en­vis­age in our ar­range­ment,” he added.

“I have a very strong team and we shall al­low the peo­ple of Kisii to ex­er­cise their demo­cratic right in nom­i­nat­ing their pre­ferred can­di­date. The nom­i­na­tions will be tough but that is the beauty of democ­racy.”

Kalonzo said the coali­tion will con­duct free and fair nom­i­na­tions.

How­ever, the an­nounce­ment may not go down well with ODM which sees Kisii as its strong­hold. Kalonzo’s party has only one elected MP in the re­gion – Borabu’s Ben Mo­manyi.

Kalonzo wel­comed lawyer Lu­mumba Nyaberi, who de­fected from Ju­bilee, and wants to run for Kisii gov­er­nor. Nyaberi ran for gov­er­nor in 2013 and lost.

The Wiper leader ap­peared to crit­i­cise Gov­er­nor James Ong­wae, say­ing Kisii needs a “se­ri­ous leader”.

“When you fly over Kisii it looks like a big slum. We need a se­ri­ous leader who can plan and put in place po­lices on how to use land and that leader is Nyaberi, an ad­vo­cate who has served this coun­try for more than 25 years,” Kalonzo said.

“I’m leav­ing Kisii a happy man. Unlike in 2007 when you dis­ap­pointed me, this time round I’m con­fi­dent you will stand with me and elect Wiper can­di­dates.”

Woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive hope­ful Ann Masenge and South Mu­gi­rango aspi- rant Ezekiel Okeng’o have ditched Ju­bilee for Wiper.

In Nyamira, Kalonzo said re­tired judge David Onyan­cha and Tom Otuto will con­test for the Cord ticket with ODM’s Gov­er­nor John Nya­garama, West Mu­gi­rango MP James Ge­sami, Deputy Gov­er­nor Amos Nyaribo and John Ku­menda.

In Ki­tutu Masaba, Vic­tor Swanya will face off with Cord leader Raila Odinga’s point man in the re­gion – Ti­mothy Bosire. They faced off in the last elec­tion, but Bosire emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

In West Mu­gi­rango, ad­vo­cate and po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Steve Mo­gaka dis­missed re­ports that he had moved to Ju­bilee and said he is still in Wiper.

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