Blow to Raila as ODM Member Loses Seat

ODM leader Raila Odinga and company were dealt a blow after a member of the party lost his seat.

The news indicate that the party will be forced to another by-election following the conclusion of the Kibra one.

A court in Kilifi County nullified the win of Dabasso MCA Emmanuel Changawa after a successful petition by a man identified as Dickson Kalama.

ODM leader Raila Odinga shows emotions

According to the petitioner, Changamwa’s election was unfair and marred with irregularities.

Changamwa on his part, requested the party to which he clinched the seat with in 2017, to give him a direct nomination.

The ward representative claimed that he had not left the party and was constantly contributing as required thus, he should allow him to have his request accepted.

Following the ruling, the speaker of the Kilifi County Assembly Jimmy Kahindi declared the seat vacant which meant that IEBC has 90 days to plan for the by-election.

This will be the second contest for the opposition group in the region after the Ganda Ward one held a month ago.

During the October challenge, Raila’s candidate, Reuben Katana, locked horns with Aisha Jumwa supported candidate Abdurakhman Omar who vied as an independent candidate.

Katana defeated Omar despite going through the tragedy of losing his uncle during a fracas that Jumwa was at the centre of.

This will now pose a new task for the veteran politician and his team who are still buzzing with joy after defeating Jubilee party in the contest.

The new Kibra MP elect Imran Okoth warded of the challenge of his rival Macdonald Mariga and took over the mantle left vacant by his late brother Ken Okoth.

What surprised everyone was when Mariga called Imran to concede defeat before the tallying process was conclude.

Imran Okoth
ODM Leader Raila Odinga with Kibra Aspirant Imran Okoth at the party’s headquarters on 10, 9, 2009.

Despite the win, the elections were full of drama from voter bribery accusations to assault of politicians such as Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.

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