TNA Nominees (Naisula, Sakaja and Joy)
Well, it is said that nothing can redeem a sinking ship. ODM seems to be living this saying literally.
After a below par performance in the party primaries in January in the run up to the General Elections that is a major determinant in the party’s dismal performance in the just concluded elections, ODM seems to be heading to the political cold room, perhaps joining Kanu and it’s CORD partner Ford Kenya which both lost their firebrands in the Kenyan political scene.
Someone would have expected the ODM to make up for it’s numerous mistakes by at least honoring a the pledge of “working with the youth for a prosperous Kenya”.
When the IEBC finally gazzeted the names of the party nominees as presented by the parties, ODM lost to the public jury when the party decided to nominate “political failures” to the Senate and Parliament.
Leading the pack is ODM Executive Director, who was a nominated MP in the past parliament, now upgraded to the upper house by being nominated to the Senate. Ms. Ongera is blamed for the mess that has been the party’s deeming candle being accused of unprofessionally managing the party.
Sources within ODM insist that it is Ongera, alongside the Party Secretary General Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, who have managed to willingly kill a once vibrant and promising party with lots of patronage and conflict of interests
While TNA was busy winning the youthful souls by nominating former KBC TV girl, Naisula Lesuuda and former creative assistant at Royal Media Service, Joy Adhiambo Gwendo to the Senate, ODM was busy giving Oburu Oginga, Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s elder brother the nod to join parliament.
While UDF was giving Martha Wangari a chance to “out grow” political novice in Senate, ODM was happy to reward Elizabeth Ongoro with a similar nomination leaving behind youthful politicians in John Kiarie who have stood with the party through thick and thin since 2007. This happens as TNA’s Chairman Johnson Sakaja was making strides towards his swearing in as a Nominated MP.
It is unfortunate that a party that claims to be “youth oriented” can decide to overlook the same youth and pick known political failures and octogenarians to represent it in parliament. What interest group do they serve or is it a matter of sheer nepotism and sycophantic worship?
On these nominations to the Senate and Parliament, ODM scores ZERO!
ODM Nominees (Oburu, Ongera and Ongoro)
By: Kohadha Roy Ogolla