MCA aspirants and residents of Upper Savanna Ward in Embakasi East Constituency on Friday held demonstrations to protest the cancellation of ward nominations by the ODM Party.
ODM had issued a direct ticket to the incumbent Elijah Omung’ala.
Member of County Assembly aspirants Samora Migaya, Charles Ochilo, Kimemia and Omondi led the protests and were accompanied by hundreds of residents along Savanna road as they demanded to be heard by their political party.
“We and our huge number of supporters are holding a peaceful protest. Residents of Savanna Ward are eager to vote. They want to change the leadership of this ward. They yearn for change on bursaries, healthcare, markets, you can see for yourself the poor state of the drainage system among other things,” said Samora Migaya an aspirant for the MCA seat of upper Savanna.
The aspirants demanded to be given a clear description of the criteria that was used to allocate a direct ODM ticket.
“We know that ODM has channels to address these concerns. We are going to follow this procedure accordingly. We need to know what criteria was used to allocate the direct ticket to the most unpopular candidate in Savanna ward,” said Migaya.
The aspirants mentioned that they followed the correct channels to air these claims and were awaiting the political party’s response in regards to this.
“We came to vote and our supporters are here very ready to nominate their preferred leader. But then we are getting information that no elections will be held here. We are wondering why ODM and the national election board are not communicating on the matter. We want them to give us a clear direction on how we are going to conduct these nominations,” said Samora.
The MCA aspirants urged the political party to maintain a democratic state of affairs and not impose any leaders on the people. They also urged the public to remain peaceful during the protests.
“To my fellow Kenyans I say that we should keep the peace. We will however not allow leaders who are imposed on us. We are also telling ODM, let us be democratic. Let us also be honest in our operations and be the Democratic Party we are known to be,” said Charles Ochilo.
By Jack Odongo