Battle lines drawn for Kibra MP by-elections as 26 aspirants set to battle it out for a ticket on Saturday

ODM leader Raila Odinga addresses Kibra residents on August 25, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,25TH AUG 2019-The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is set to hold  its nominations  next Saturday  August 31 as   preparations for  the Kibra Member of Parliament by-election takes shape.

While making the announcement on Sunday at a Rally held in Kibra, ODM leader Raila Odinga  also revealed that at least 26 aspirants will battle it out for the party ticket.

Among those expected to seek the ODM ticket in the race include: Benson Musungu (ODM National Youth Coordinator), Imran Okoth (late MP Ken Okoth brother and PA), Reggae DJ Kriss Darlin, Sigar Agumba, Peter Orero (Dagoretti High School Principal), and Ochieng Jera.

Former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra, who was earlier reported to have also been seeking the party ticket, however said “I am not in the race” adding that “I only came because I support Kibra and I love Kibra.”

ODM leader Raila Odinga addresses Kibra residents on August 25, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

Mr. Odinga’s daughter Rosemary Odinga who was also in attendance joined Mr. Sumra saying she would also not be in the race.

“I will not be able to vie in Kibra, but I wanted to come here today to greet and talk to you and to say I will keep interacting with you to the end,” said Ms. Odinga.

Other members of parliament also present at the  rally included Anthony Oluoch (Mathare), Tom Kajwang (Ruaraka), George Aladwa (Makadara), Simba Arati (Dagoretti North) and Esther Passaris (Nairobi Woman Rep.)

ODM Leader Raila Odinga (center),Sec Gen Edwin Sifuna and Makadara MP George Aladwa during the Rally.

ODM Kibra branch chairman Jeckonia Onyango had earlier urged the party’s National Elections Board to conduct free and fair nominations ahead of the upcoming November 7, 2019 by-election.

The Kibra MP seat fell vacant after MP Ken Okoth died of  on July 26, 2019.

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