Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga yesterday assured his supporters of free and fair party primaries ahead of the August 22 polls.
Raila told the press on the second day of his campaign tour in Coast region that after the nomination hurdle, the party would accommodate all the aspirants, the losers included and consider them for other opportunities.
His assurance comes hot on the heels of rising political temperatures pitting various competing ODM aspirants in Mombasa and Kilifi counties which has threatened the party’s unity.
In Mombasa ODM is expecting to hold a hot political contest between businessman Suleiman Shabhal and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir.
Others include the contest for Kilifi gubernatorial ticket between Devolution Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Gideon Mung’aro and Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi and the Malindi parliamentary seat which has so far attracted six aspirants including former Jubilee Party aspirant Philip Charo, former Kilifi Woman Rep hopeful Amina Mnyanzi and TV journalist Jamal Gaddafi.
Unite Kenyans “We have seen people coming out to contest various political seats, do not be bothered so much if you see them rival each other, this is part of democracy,” he said adding “when a cooking stick breaks, it does not mean it’s the end of cooking.”
The former premier, who proceeded to Gede, Kilifi and Mtwapa before opening party office in Kilifi urged aspirants and supporters to embrace unity after the nomination to consolidate the party votes together after nomination.
“Remember when you hate or rival your fellow contestant after losing nomination, you are rivaling the ODM party because they too have ODM votes,” he said adding: “We will not forsake those who will have lost the nomination, they will be considered for other opportunities.” At the same time, Raila dismissed his critics saying his proposed enhanced social protection plan will make the government broke saying he will successfully roll out the programme if elected next year.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui who together with his Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua accompanied the ODM leader said they support Odinga’s presidential bid and his move to unite Kenyans.
“I have my own party but I decided to support Odinga and walk together with him to unite Kenyans,” said Kinyanjui.