A major split has rocked the Raila Odinga-led Orange Democratic Movement party in Mombasa following the announcement by Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho to go for Presidency.
The fierce power struggle has led to the emergence of two camps with the plans to succeed governor Joho who is serving his last term in office.
Also brewing underground are the plans to replace the deceased ODM Party County Chairman Mohamed Hatimy who passed on last year as a result of Covid-19 complications.
The two warring factions have since opened parallel offices with one operating at the late Hatimy’s Ganjoni office, while the other new one has been opened at Tom Mboya.
Speaking yesterday, Mombasa County senator Mohamed Faki said that local ODM leaders only recognize the late Hatimy’s office adding that he will only be replaced through a consensus.
“We will not hold an election to replace Hatimy. We are holding talks after the party gave us a green light to choose his replacement,” said Faki.
Confirming the same, Mombasa woman representative Asha Hussein, said that the party was split and called on the leadership to intervene.
“I know a parallel office has been opened but I recognize the old one that was led by Hatimy. However, I’m not aware, if the party wants us to appoint a county chairman,” said Hussein.
Reports indicate that some forces from the old office were responsible for pulling strings and influencing the election of the county chairperson with plans of seeking to control party primaries ahead of the 2022 election.
“Before the ODM recruitment drive starts, members should be given an opportunity to elect the new county chairperson in broad daylight. Nobody should impose anyone on us,” said party member James Ongilo, an ally of Raila in Mombasa
Sources further indicate that several leaders from the region are currently seeking Joho’s endorsement for various political positions ahead of 2022.
Three of the former governor Joho’s critics, businessman Suleiman Shahbal, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir, and Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo are said to be seeking his endorsement for Mombasa governorship.
Shahbal however dismissed the talks of seeking Joho’s endorsement adding that he deals with the electorates directly.
“We are in the handshake era where all leaders are currently working together for purposes of unity and development. We have never sat down with Joho over succession politics. Our working relationship has been on development,” he stated.