Just days to Kibra parliamentary by-election, political parties gear off as campaigns enter the homestretch.
The contest is seen as a supremacy contest between ODM leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto. Though the by-election to fill the position left vacant following the death area MP Ken Okoth has attracted 24 candidates, it has been dominated by ODM candidate Bernard Imran Okoth, Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga and Eliud Owalo of Amani National Congress. Raila tore into Ruto, accusing him of making false promises to Kibra voters. “He is the Deputy President, for heaven’s sake, what was stopping him from doing all this only to wait for this time to start making empty promises to the people of Kibra?” the ODM leader posed.
The opposition leader and DP have have exposed the tribal arithmetic that belies Kenyan elections.
Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua and his Kitui counterpart Charity Ngilu have rallied the Kamba community residing in Kibra to vote for ODM candidate Bernard Okoth in Thursday’s by-election.
The Governors said their endorsement of Okoth was in keeping with the spirit of the handshake, even as Deputy President William Ruto alleged that ODM sensed defeat in the upcoming Kibra by-election.
Governor Alfred Mutua and Charity Ngilu have joined forces to campaign for ODM party candidate Bernard Okoth.
Challenges In a constituency dogged with many challenges such as youth unemployment, crime, lack of proper amenities, reliable electricity, affordable housing and unreliable water supply, the issues affecting the electorate have been trivialized by party leaders eager to gain political mileage. Raila accompanied by governors James Ongwae (Kisii) and John Nyagarama (Nyamira) met the Kisii community in Kibra and asked them to support the ODM candidate.
“We have our friends from NASA who want to use the opportunity to formalise their divorce from the coalition,” Mr Sifuna said on Thursday, referring to ANC which has sponsored Raila’s former aide Owalo, and Ford-Kenya, which fronted Khamisi Butichi. “Out of this by-election, we are going to count our friends and our enemies. New alliances will be formed. We are counting on our friends like Maina Kamanda (Jubilee), Cleophas Malala and Geoffrey Osotsi (both of ANC) in this election,” Sifuna said.