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Mombasa ODM nominations marred by wrangles

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[ODM Mombasa branch Chairperson Mohammed Hamid Khamis. Photo/Collins Mangicho/April, 09, 2022].

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) nominations in Mombasa were marred by wrangles with some aspirants noting that the nominations were “worthless”.

The delayed polls for the Members of the County Assembly led to tension and physical fight among the over 160 aspirants battling for the ODM tickets in a total of 30 Mombasa county Wards.

Earlier ODM Mombasa County Chairperson Mohammed Hamid Khamis said the nominations for the MCA’s will be free, fair just and verifiable.

Addressing journalists on Friday, Khamis noted that the Mombasa ODM leadership met with all the aspirants under ODM party to cement on various issues that would pose obstacles to the Saturday primaries for the MCA posts.

However, on Saturday, aspirants blamed the party accusing it of favouritism in the nominations.

In various ward among them Old town where the incumbent Murfad Amour Abdallah is facing stiff competition from youthful aspirants, Tudor, Shimanzi, Shanzu Timbwani, Changamwe among others, both the party members and their aspirants battled each other.

But the ODM Chair says the party tried its level best in delivering transparent polls.

Conflict

Meanwhile, Abdirahman Hussein who is one of the aspirants jostling for the ODM party ticket in Old Town Ward has called on the ODM National Election Board to disqualify candidates who caused violence during the nominations.

Speaking at the Mombasa Primary School voting center where ugly scenes of violence were witnessed before, Hussein said that such candidates were tainting the party’s image.

“We cannot allow hooliganism to go on in the party, NEB should disqualify such candidates who are out to spoil the party’s good image,” he said.

He accused his opponents for ganging up against him after realising that he was in the lead.

He said that his opponents disrupted voting in two polling stations forcing the police to intervene and secure the Mombasa Primary center before the goons arrive to disrupt voting.

“As we speak now nothing is going on in Allidina Secondary School and Kadarboy in Makadara grounds, we had to call the police,” he added.

In most of the over 90 polling stations, voting began at 11 am.