ODM will not field candidates in Lake View and Kahawa Wendani By-elections

In Summary

  • The party says the move is on a reciprocal basis after Jubilee announced it would not field a candidate in the Msambweni by-election.

  • Secretary general Edwin Sifuna says the party's National Executive Council Committee made the resolution following a two-day retreat in Machakos county.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will not field candidates in the Lake view and Kahawa Wendani wards by-election.


In a statement on Saturday, the party said the move was on a reciprocal basis after Jubilee announced it would not field a candidate in the Msambweni by-election.


Secretary general Edwin Sifuna said the party's National Executive Council Committee made the resolution following a two-day retreat in Machakos county. Party secretary general Edwin Sifuna said the opposition will stay away from the December 15 by-elections as the two seats were held by members of the Jubilee Party.


He said its National Elections Board had received various applications from interested candidates for the party ticket in all the five by-elections scheduled for December 15.

"The board is scheduled to hold primaries in Msambweni and in Kisumu North ward where we have more than one applicant," Sifuna said.


He said a direct ticket will be issued to the only applicant in Wundanyi/Mbale ward in Taita Taveta in due course.


"As a party, we wish to thank Jubilee Party leader President Uhuru Kenyatta for the decision not to field a candidate in Msambweni in the spirit of the handshake. In the same spirit, the party's NEC has resolved that ODM will not be fielding candidates in Lake View Ward in Nakuru County and Kahawa Wendani Ward in Kiambu both of which were held by Jubilee," Sifuna said.

Lake view ward seat was previously held by Karanja Mburu who passed on from excessive internal bleeding from raptured right lung and liver caused by seven fractured ribs on the right and one on the left.

His Kahawa Wendani counterpart, Cyrus Omondi Odhiambo, died in February under mysterious conditions while on a trip to India.


Earlier this week, the ruling party resolved not to field a candidate in the Msambweni Constituency by-election.


Party secretary general Raphael Tuju said this on Wednesday while addressing members of the press at Jubilee party Headquarters in Pangani.


Tuju echoed the recent advisory by Chief Justice David Maraga to the Head of State to send lawmakers home over failure to enact laws key in the implementation of the two-thirds gender rule as one of the reasons why the party pulled out of the poll.


“The decision not to engage in the contest is informed by the facts prevailing at the moment when we face challenges like the recent advisory by the Chief Justice that parliament should be dissolved, ” Tuju said.


“In other words, the country has very serious constitutional matters to deal with that will require sobriety and reaching across the political divides in order to navigate our beloved country across some of these challenges, ” Raphael Tuju added.


He added that the move is in the interest of a “bigger picture” that puts into consideration the unprecedented cooperation between Jubilee and the ODM party that previously held the seat.


“This announcement has been made in good time so that any aspirant who has interest in a Jubilee ticket still has other pathways to running for this seat,” said Tuju.

But Deputy President William Ruto later said he wanted Jubilee to field a candidate.


Ruto said Jubilee is a national party that believes in the unity of the country.


This, he said, should be displayed by giving every Kenyan an opportunity to express themselves through participation in elections which is the party's cardinal principal.


Ruto said Jubilee is a national political movement that brings on board all Kenyans.


"I had a different view on fielding a candidate in Musambweni but I came here and I have been briefed about the decision that has been made and I want to assure the party membership that we stand by it," he said.


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