As the clock is ticking for the Kibra parliamentary by-election, a section of the Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) Party supporters are uncertain whether they are set to retain the seat.
In video footage shared by Daily Nation in its YouTube account on Sunday, the area which has been deemed the Orange party’s political bedrock seems to be in a different state with residents citing confusion and lack of proper campaign strategy.
According to Francis Aremo Okonya, who identified himself as the ODM people’s chairman in Kibra, the party’s secretariat has thrown ODM supporters into confusion.
“The campaign here, without us the elderly getting into the ground, is in a very bad state. ODM youths are confused. They are moving up and down in search of handouts…” said Okonya.
The self-proclaimed ODM people’s chairman went ahead to demand that the Orange Party Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna and Nairobi Chairman George Aladwa quit the Kibra campaigns accusing them of corruption.
“What we are saying someone like Sifuna, Aladwa, Jakonia the chairman of ODM Kibra, Catherine nominated MCA and others, they should keep off the campaigns of Kibra constituency.
Let the residents themselves hit the ground and campaign for our candidate and we will get the seat and if they are involved, they are double dealers and we will not get the seat,” said the ODM people’s chairman.
Okonya was in the company of other ODM supporters who also slammed the ODM secretariat of mismanaging the campaigns from the onset.
They faulted the leaders of bungling the nomination exercise after many people failed to vote after their names were missing in the voter register.
Nevertheless, on Sunday, Sifuna and Aladwa led a mega campaign rally in Kamukunji grounds in Kibra where hundreds gathered in solidarity with the ODM candidate Bernard Imran Okoth.
Okoth is facing stiff competition from Jubilee’s party candidate McDonald Mariga, ANC’s Eliud Owalo among other 20 candidates cleared by IEBC.
The by-election is slated for November 7.