Chirau Ali Mwakwere: Why I ditched ODM for Kalonzo’s Wiper Party

Chirau Ali Mwakwere: Why I ditched  ODM for Kalonzo’s Wiper Party
  • Mwakwere joined the Wiper Democratic Movement only days after joining the Orange Democratic Movement.
  • The former minister in the Kibaki administration blamed some officials and members in the local ODM branch following his departure from ODM to wiper Party.
  • His joining of Wiper has now left the battle for the ODM ticket for the Kwale governor’s race wide open after Governor Salim Mvurya moved to the Jubilee Party.
  • In Mombasa, Mr Joho is facing a stiff challenge from Senator Hassan Omar and Nyali MP Hezron Awiti, both of Wiper with Jubilee aspirant Suleiman Shahbal waiting to benefit from the spoils.

Fear of being branded a newcomer to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), hostility from fellow gubernatorial aspirants and his past heavy criticism to ODM party leader Raila Odinga may have influenced former Cabinet Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere’s decision ditch the latter for Wiper Party.

Mwakwere, joined the Kalonzo Musyoka party days after he had shown strong indications to have joined the Orange Democratic Movement.

“I want today to clear the air, I have quit Jubilee Party and now I am with my people in Nasa,” Mr Mwakwere told ODM supporters during his homecoming in Kwale after resigning as Kenya’s ambassador to Tanzania.

Mr Mwakwere, who resigned as Kenya’s ambassador to Tanzania last month to contest the Kwale governor’s seat was received by Wiper party leader and NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka at the party’s headquarters in Nairobi.

READ MORE: Mwakwere jumps Jubilee ship to join Wiper

The former minister in the Kibaki administration blamed some officials and members in the local ODM branch following his departure from ODM to wiper

Local leaders, especially aspirants for the seat, described him as a latecomer and they were also worried that he would get a direct party ticket.

Political Pundits say that Mr Mwakwere’s move to decamp to Wiper could further fuel rivalry between Wiper and ODM aspirants in the Coast, a thing that could pave the way to Jubilee to penetrate the region.

His joining of Wiper has now left the battle for the ODM ticket for the Kwale governor’s race wide open after Governor Salim Mvurya moved to the Jubilee Party.

READ MOREODM to name and shame party members intimidating their opponents

Mwakwere, who lost the Kwale Senator seat on URP in 2013, said he joined the Opposition after listening to his people.

“URP and TNA parties were dissolved and I was left without a party,” he said.

He noted that his decision to abandon JP was not influenced by Mvurya’s defection to the party.

In Mombasa, Mr Joho is facing a stiff challenge from Senator Hassan Omar and Nyali MP Hezron Awiti, both of Wiper with Jubilee aspirant Suleiman Shahbal waiting to benefit from the spoils.

Nasa is still mulling over conducting joint nominations for its candidates to stand a better chance of beating those from Jubilee.

READ MOREODM assures aspirants of free and fair nominations

ODM national elections board chair Judith Pareno said on Thursday that the party will adjust its activities accordingly to fit in the proposals by the NASA team.

“We shall give a timetable for our primaries that will show the counties where we shall conduct the nominations,” Pareno said.

NASA has hinted that there are certain counties where it will conduct joint nominations to avert defeat at the August 8 poll.

 

 

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