ODM denies Sonko’s claim that NASA submitted candidate for Nairobi DG position


ODM denies Sonko's claim that NASA submitted candidate for Nairobi DG position
File image of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. PHOTO| MIKE SONKO| FACEBOOK

In Summary

  • This comes after Governor Sonko, who was expected to table a nominee for his deputy on Friday, postponed the announcement saying the NASA coalition had submitted their preferred candidate for consideration as well.
  • However, speaking on Sunday, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna stated that the party had not sent any letter to Governor Sonko.
  • Sifuna added that the NASA coalition was long dissolved.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has dismissed reports that opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (NASA), submitted a name for consideration for the Nairobi Deputy Governor’s post.

This comes after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, who was expected to table a nominee for his deputy on Friday, postponed the announcement saying the NASA coalition – in the spirit of the handshake – had submitted their preferred candidate, Rahab Wangui, for consideration as well.

“This is to notify you that I was ready with the name of the nominee but I have received a request from the NASA coalition that in the spirit of the Handshake and subsequent cooperation with ruling coalition, that I should consider their proposed nominee Rahab Wangui for the position of Deputy Governor,” Sonko told the media in Mombasa.

Also Read: Sonko keeps Nairobi waiting for new Deputy Governor

However, speaking on Sunday, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna stated that the party had not sent any letter to Governor Sonko, further adding that the NASA coalition was long dissolved.

“The NASA coalition agreement ended on January 30, 2018. Therefore, we have not written any letter to Sonko over the Deputy Governor’s position,” said Sifuna.

“As ODM, we do not want any seat from Sonko and, as the party Secretary General, I want to state that we do not have any association with him,” said Sifuna.

Mr. Sifuna further reiterated his support for the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.

He also condemned recent utterances by a section of Central Kenya leaders claiming President Kenyatta has neglected certain regions in terms of development.

The lawyer also announced that the Jubilee Party had accepted not to field a candidate for the Embakasi South seat which was left vacant after the court nullified the election of Julius Mawathe.

“It is because of the handshake that (President) Uhuru has agreed that, as Jubilee, they will not have any candidate in Embakasi East,”said Sifuna.

The nullification of Mawathe’s win came following a successful petition by former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra that cited malpractices, irregularities and illegalities committed during the August 8, 2017 poll.

Mr. Sumra will fly the ODM flag in the fresh elections set for April 5, 2019.

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