The Orange Democratic Movement party is facing a major rejection in the upcoming Bonchari by-elections after a section of the party supporters vowed to support the Jubilee candidate.
The aggrieved group under the guidance of Ian Simba pledged their support for the Jubilee candidate Zebedeo Opore in the May 18 Mini-polls in the spirit of the handshake.
The group dubbed the ODM Bonchari Supporters Network questioned the manner in which the party management landed on the former energy boss Pavel Oimeke as their candidate.
Annoyed by the failure of the Raila-led house to conduct primaries for the by-elections, the group, therefore, picked on Opore the other handshake candidate.
“Oimeke is barely three months as the party member. We want to know whether due diligence was done before he was given the ticket,” Simba said, adding they will continue supporting Raila after the by-election.
Crediting the move, Bonchari’s Maendeleo ya Wanawake chairperson, Divinah Nyamao, supported the move adding that Opore has a proven development track record, and they will campaign for him to clinch the seat.
Countering the move, ODM Youth League chairman, Dennis Mosoti, said that the group was an imposter and unknown.
“We only have ODM Ministry, Youth and Women Leagues. What they did was wrong under ODM Act,” Mosoti told the Press at Suneka market.
He urged the group to move with speed and apologize to the party for their unbecoming conduct, adding that the late MP Oroo Oyioka was elected through Peoples Democratic Party, therefore, he was not a handshake candidate.
This comes barely a week after the Kenyan poll body announced the number of candidates cleared to participate in the race to replace the late Oroo as the next Bonchari MP.
Among the 13 cleared by the IEBC are; Mary Otara (United Green Movement Party), Zebedeo Opore (Jubilee), Pavel Oimeke (ODM), Teresa Bitutu Oroo (United Democratic Alliance), Jonah Ondieki (The New Democrats), Jeremiah Atancha (Agano Party), Paul Matagaro ( Mwangaza Tu), Eric Oigo (National Reconstruction Alliance), Victor Omanwa (Party of Economic Democracy), Teresa Gesare (Maendeleo Chap Chap) and David Ogega (Social Congress), Mogaka (PPK) and Kevin Mosomi (Party of Democracy Unity).