Kisumu women's representative Rosa Buyu defended the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) after her party leader, Raila Amolo Odinga, reimbursed nominee fees of NZ 2.25 million to nine candidates following the overthrow of the party primaries for the Kibra by-elections ,
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In an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday, Buyu said the decision was made on a consensus basis. She noted that the matter was complicated by the fact that the register had not been updated.
"ODM was at the forefront and championed credible and fair party nominations. The ODM party apologized to other aspirants in Kibra and accepted to refund the 250,000 KSh each as a nomination fee. " she said.
The amount mentioned had been paid by the political party for the nominations before it turned out that they had treated the results of the exercise.
The new development shows that the process does not reflect freedom and fairness.
The aspirants who get their money back are the Dagoretti High School principal, Peter Orero, Eric Obayi, Ben Musungu, Tony Ogola, and Chris Odhiambo.
The rest are John Otieno's Stephen Okello, Brian Owino, Reuben Ojijo and Raila has also admitted that some of the names were missing from the register during the nomination process. However, he denied the claim that something sinister was being done in favor of Imran Okoth, who was elected flag bearer of the contest.
"Odinga acknowledges that there were challenges to the nominations where names were missing from voter registers, but these were not tailored or intentionally introduced to favor or disapprove of an aspirant," the statement said.
Ford Kenya, Amani National Congress and Jubilee have also used candidates in the same positions after the death of Okoth.
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