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Confusion as ODM party backs Wiper candidate in Machakos mini polls

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Opposition Chief Raila Odinga’s Orange party has now thrown their weight behind Wiper’s candidate Agnes Kavindu Muthama in the Machakos Senatorial race.

ODM through its Communications Director Philip Etale said that the ODM Party has over the years enjoyed a cordial working relationship with the Wiper Party of Kenya.

“The two parties have been partners and shared many ideologies. In the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), the ODM party and Wiper Party share the common position of a better Kenya, a United Kenya and a Prosperous Kenya. We were in CORD together and later on in NASA,” said Etale.

He went on: “As a party, we did not front a candidate for the seat which fell vacant following the death of Senator Boniface Kabaka late last year. And therefore, in the spirit of NASA and BBI, the ODM party has resolved to rally its support behind the Wiper Party Candidate, Ms. Agnes Kavindu to become the next Senator of Machakos County.”

Kavindu played a major role in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) both as a member of the initial BBI Task Force and later served in the same capacity in the BBI Task Force that gave birth to the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill that is now before the 47 County Assemblies for determination.

But Etale’s communication comes barely hours after ODM Machakos county branch Chairman Peter Mutuku announced they will rally their members to campaign for Katuku and ensure he wins in the poll on March 18.

“Today we had a special meeting convened to make our own decision on the by-elections in Machakos County,” Mutuku said.

Mutuku said as a party they had met several times in their Machakos office and analyzed all the candidates.

“We have found a better replacement for Senator Boniface Kabaka and this is Katuku. We are proposing that Katuku be supported by all Machakos county residents,” he said.

He said the decision by the ODM Machakos branch to support the MCC candidate was reached after several meetings involving the party’s county coordinating committee and its eight sub-county committees.

Mutuku said they were supporting the MCC candidate since Jubilee had thrown its weight behind Wiper candidate Agnes Kavindu.

“We have concluded Katuku will be our candidate as Jubilee is supporting the Wiper candidate,” he said.

He said they hadn’t defected from former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM but just joined their colleagues in Maendeleo Chap Chap.

Mutuku said MCC also supported ODM’s candidate in the Kibera by-election after former MP Kenneth Okoth died.

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