United Democratic Movement party (UDA) is facing a backlash in Mombasa County for conducting primaries that were marred by irregularities.
The party is now staring at possible fallout in Mombasa after angry aspirants and their supporters protested after the just concluded party primaries and threatened to ditch the party if their grievances are not addressed.
The aspirants have raised questions about the authenticity of the party polls and are accusing the nominations coordinators in the county of conducting the exercise in a jungle way.
Addressing the media in a joint press conference the aspirants from the Mvita constituency said the nominations were marred by wrangles with some aspirants noting that the nominations were “worthless”.
The aspirants led by Ashuu Radhirish, Attan Mbarak Attan, Salim Omar Salim and Bibiye Mahmoud are accusing UDA coordinators of favouritism where they were siding with the preferred candidates of their choice in the nominations.
The aspirants said the nominations were full of malpractice, bribery by their opponents and voters’ names missing in their polling stations registers.
The aggrieved aspirants are now appealing for the intervention of party patron Deputy President Dr William Ruto to call for a repeat of the primaries.
“First we were promised to use IEBC or party register during the nominations but it did not happen, secondly as an aspirant, my name was missing in the register there was a game choreographed against us and I am now decamping to vie for the seat as an independent candidate,” lamented Ashuu.
Addressing the same forum, Attan Mbarak Attan accused UDA Gubernatorial candidate Hassan Omar of playing dirty tricks in the nominations by colluding with their opponents.
Another aspirant Salim Omar Salim accused party coordinators of using the party as a cash cow which is being manoeuvred by a wealthy mogul canvassing for his preferred aspirants to win the nominations.
Bibiye Mahamoud, a woman aspirant, urged the party organs to address the nominations stalemate and call for a repeat of the primaries.
“If the party is not conducting the nominations in a transparent manner, they are going to vote against the UDA candidate in Majengo ward during August, 9 polls,” lamented Bibiye.
The aggrieved members are urging the UDA party through Deputy President William Ruto to address their grievances and call for a nomination repeat failure to which they will be forced to decamp and vie as independent candidates for the August polls.