, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 5 – There were chaos at Orange House, the ODM headquarters in Nairobi when Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro led her supporters to protest the direct nomination handed to her rival.
A plain cloth security officer was forced to shoot in the air to disperse the rowdy youths who had stormed the party Headquarters and were roughing up ODM Executive Director Oduor Ongwen.
Ongoro who arrived a few minutes later, accused the party of short-changing her by handing a direct nomination to incumbent Member of Parliament TJ Kajwang.
“I will be in NASA and I am not coming out of the race. No more intimidation. Enough of this nonsense,” she said.
Ongoro further claimed women aspirants were being taken for granted in ODM.
“Women candidates are being mistreated. I have fought for this party for a long time but anytime I want a seat I am told to do something else,” she said. “Let me fight this battle for the sake of women aspirants.”
She later emerged from a meeting with the ODM Secretariat which confirmed that her name and that of incumbent Ruaraka MP were on the party lists forwarded to the IEBC ahead of the nominations slated to begin next week.
The Senator urged the party to also address complaints she reported where she claims Kajwang had on several occasions used youths to violently disrupt her meetings.
“I have been writing letters to ODM…that Kajwang is after my life and they are doing nothing. Instead they are rewarding my attacker,” she said.
“I have been campaigning for the seat and on 14th when we were – carrying out mass voter registration – Kajwang’ hired goons who attacked us, beat up women and destroyed vehicles,” she claimed.
Supporters of the two Nairobi politicians clashed again in Mathare on March 16, leaving two people dead and seven injured.
“I went to the Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and recorded a statement. I was under siege. Instead of this party walking the talk..I am told that he will be given a direct nomination while I have to look for another seat,” she said, adding she was not the aggressor.
The ODM National Elections Board Chairperson Judith Pareno also clarified that it has not issued any certificate of nomination to any aspirant in the South C Ward of Lang’ata Constituency.
“The board further states that the certificate purportedly issued to a Mr. Jimal Ibrahim, one of the aspirants in the South C Ward race is a forgery and not recognized by the NEB.”
“Therefore, the Board wishes to inform members of the party in South C and all the aspirants for the seat to be calm as it is seized of the matter and the said person summoned to appear before it for interrogation,” Pareno said in a statement.
This is after aspirants in the South C Ward among them Osman Khalifa led supporters to protest claims that Jimal had been given direct nomination while they had already paid nomination fees.
The seat has attracted 21 aspirants who are seeking to fly the ODM flag during the August 8 General Election.