In Summary
  • There are 17 counties where Nasa candidates are facing each other for the governor’s seat.
  • In Mombasa, Wiper secretary-general Hassan Omar is seeking to unseat ODM deputy party leader Hassan Joho as governor.
  • In Kakamega, senator Boni Khalwale is in a contest with another ODM deputy party leader, Wycliffe Oparanya.
  • In Bungoma County, ODM’s Alfred Khangati, Amani National Congress’ Stephen Mutoro and Ford-Kenya’s Wycliffe Wangamati are seeking to unseat Jubilee Party’s Kenneth Lusaka.

Candidates from the opposition coalition are competing against each other in 295 contests for the positions of governor, senator, woman representatives and members of the National Assembly.

An analysis of the list of candidates published in the Kenya Gazette by the electoral commission shows that the sibling rivalry within the coalition is strongest at the Coast, Western and Nyanza regions.

There are 17 counties where Nasa candidates are facing each other for the governor’s seat, 21 where they are competing for the Senate seat, 21 for the woman representative’s seat and 136 to represent constituencies in the National Assembly.

RIVALRY

Among the significant places where this rivalry is evident and strong is Mombasa where Wiper secretary-general Hassan Omar is seeking to unseat ODM deputy party leader Hassan Joho as governor.

In Kakamega, senator Boni Khalwale is in a contest with another ODM deputy party leader, Wycliffe Oparanya. The coalition has been unable to broker a truce between them.

The situation is also the same in the neighbouring Bungoma County where ODM’s Alfred Khangati, Amani National Congress’ Stephen Mutoro and Ford-Kenya’s Wycliffe Wangamati are seeking to unseat Jubilee Party’s Kenneth Lusaka.

STEP DOWN

On Saturday, ODM chairman John Mbadi said there were ongoing efforts to have some of the politically weaker candidates step down for stronger opponents to help consolidate votes.

“We looked at the country and felt there were some areas where we could compete as our strongholds and one of our candidates would win.

There are other areas where we felt we did not have much support and created space for parties to field candidates,” said Mr Mbadi.

In areas considered battlegrounds, he said, the coalition tried to field one candidate to consolidate their numbers.

BUNGOMA

He admitted that it was impossible to reach an agreement in places like Mombasa, Bungoma and Kakamega, where the local rivalries were so strong that no candidate was willing to shelve their ambitions.

Nasa presidential candidate, Raila Odinga (centre) and Musalia Mudavadi (second left), calm down a crowd as Moses Wetang'ula (right) and the coalition's  candidates for the Bungoma governor’s seat Alfred Khangati (left), of ODM, Wycliffe Wangamati (third right) of Ford Kenya and Stephen Mutoro (second right) of ANC during a rally at Posta ground in Bungoma on June 23, 2017. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Nasa presidential candidate, Raila Odinga (centre) and Musalia Mudavadi (second left), calm down a crowd as Moses Wetang'ula (right) and the coalition's candidates for the Bungoma governor’s seat Alfred Khangati (left), of ODM, Wycliffe Wangamati (third right) of Ford Kenya and Stephen Mutoro (second right) of ANC during a rally at Posta ground in Bungoma on June 23, 2017. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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