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Jubilee and ODM parties go against President Uhuru’s orders

As by-elections in different parts of the country fast approaches, various political parties notably; Jubilee, Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) are already in full gear campaigning for their candidates despite an earlier order by President Uhuru Kenyatta on political gatherings.

Sources have revealed that the campaigns by the top political parties are ongoing despite an order by the Head of State on May 1, 2021 banning all political gatherings due to increase in new Covid-19 infections and deaths in the country.

In Bonchari Constituency, Kisii County, the parties had their teams on the ground campaigning for their preferred candidates for the seat.

The ruling party mobilised boda boda riders wearing t-shirts branded with the Jubilee party colours as they traverse through the constituency campaigning for their candidate. ODM party on the other hand took advantage of a church service to convince the residents to vote for their candidate, the former EPRA boss Pavel Oimeke.

The ODM party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna was accompanied by Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri and other local leaders were at Kerina Central SDA Church for Sabbath prayers and campaigned for their candidate.

On Friday, May 14, 2021, the ODM party brigade attended a funeral in the area and campaigned for their candidate in the upcoming by-election.

The UDA party was equally engaged in campaigns for their candidate for Rurii Ward in Nyandarua County.

Francis Muraya Githaiga explained to the residents why he was best suited for the position.

During the campaigns, Deputy President William Ruto made a phone call through his team and campaigned for his UDA party candidate.

According to the Election regulations, all campaigns should end by midnight, Sunday 16, 2021 before the elections that are set to be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

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Written by Kennedy Omondi

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  1. In the nomination process in 2002 in what was widely thought as undemocratic and underhand, Moi influenced Uhuru Kenyatta’s nomination as KANU ‘s preferred presidential candidate, sparking an outcry from other interested contenders and a massive exit from the party ensued. This move by the late President Moi was seen as a ploy to install Uhuru as a puppet so that even in retirement, Moi would still rule the country through Uhuru and presumably insulate himself against the numerous charges of abuse of office that plagued his presidency. In January 2005, Uhuru Kenyatta defeated Nicholas Biwott for chairmanship of KANU, taking 2,980 votes among party delegates against Biwott’s 622 votes.

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