Elizabeth Ongoro Decamps From ODM Over Party’s Nomination Process


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Elizabeth Ongoro on Wednesday stormed Orange House with her supporters to demand free and fair nominations.

The nominated Senator had officially decamped from ODM citing frustrations with the party’s nomination process.

Ongoro made her mind up after Tom Kajwang, the incumbent Ruaraka MP and 400 other aspirants were handed direct tickets to contest in the August General Election.

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She accused ODM of denying her the chance to exercise her democratic right to seek the Ruaraka MP seat. Elizabeth Ongoro, however, said she will still vie for Ruaraka parliamentary seat under NASA ticket.

Reports say that Ongoro was barred from contesting on disciplinary grounds. This was due to her supporters fighting with those of MP Tom Kajwang in Mathare last month in which two people lost their lives.

At Orange House, the rowdy protesters confronted Party Chief Executive Oduor Ong’wen who was accused of irregularly awarding the Ruaraka ticket to Kajwang. Two gunshots were fired thereafter as Ong’wen was whisked away to safety by bodyguards.

They demanded that the party withdrew the direct nomination they claimed was also given to one Jimal Ibrahim.

“We need free and fair elections. Why should they give somebody direct nomination yet there are other aspirants in the constituency,” one asked.

ODM’s National Elections Board denied issuing any certificate to any aspirant in South C, Langata Constituency.

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Chairperson Judy Pareno said in a statement that that ward did not have any certificates issued by the committee, calling it a fake.

“The certificate purportedly issued to a Mr. Jimal Ibrahim is a forgery and is not recognized,” she said.

“(The) National Elections Board has summoned the person to appear before it for interrogation. The board will communicate its verdict after the investigations.”

The Chairperson went on to call for calm and assure all aspirants and their supporters of investigations.