From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste
SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014
Julius from Nairobi writes: “Fr Beste what is your take on the latest court rulings nullifying elections of ODM Migori Governor Okoth Obado and Nyando MP Fred Outa. Although the courts have nullified some elections in Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA, Raila Odinga’s ODM is too much.
So far, the court has nullified six elections in the Nyanza region, the highest number in the country. Can we blame Raila for forcing in people he wants to win in particular region because there have been nullifications in Bomachoge Borabu, Nyaribari Chache and Bonchari constituencies.
Even though the court also singled out electoral malpractices committed by Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, Senator James Orengo, Women’s representative, Christine Ombaka and MPs Oburu Oginga, Jakoyo Midiwo and David Ochieng against governor aspirant William Oduol during the campaign period last year, Rasanga was still forced in re-election. I think this is a big blow to Raila.”
I don’t think Raila is to blame entirely on the mess Mr Julius. As you have pointed out in Rasanga’s case, some clique of politicians around Raila Odinga is to blame. They have been accused of giving themselves nomination certificates and deliberately causing mayhem during party primaries.
In Homa Bay for example, Senator Otieno Kajwang has been accused of being given ODM certificate when as a matter of fact Hillary Alila won. Returning Officer John Mulehi was forced to agree to have former Mbita MP Otieno Kajwang’ as the Senate ODM flag bearer, Philip Okundi (Governor), and Roselyne Onyuka (Women Representative).
In every ODM primary party elections these cliques of Raila made sure they forced in people they wanted. They did the same in 2007 ODM nominations where candidates who were defeated were issued with party certificate of clearance.
This includes Prof Patrick Ayiecho Olweny who despite having deployed violent tactics on the polling day was defeated by a large margin of over 1000 votes, yet he was issued with certificate. Olweny had polled 7840 votes against the winner Mr. Joseph Omulo Okal’s 8494 votes.
When Okal went to collect his certificate in Nairobi he found out it had been given to Ayiecho. Similarly winners of the nomination in Gem, Ugenya, Nyakach, Kasipul- Kabondo, Kisumu Town East, Kitutu Masaba, Kitutu Chache, Konoin, Kipkellion and Ainamoi were changed.
In Kisumu Rural, where Prof. Anyang Nyong’o faced imminent defeat, he was given “direct nomination” in a move which ignited violent protests and riots. The situation was even (more) grave in Mbita where a prospective candidate and the people’s choice, Sam Wakiaga, was coerced and forced out of the manipulated and fraudulent primaries in order to give way to Otieno Kajwang.
Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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