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ODM still popular in Mombasa says county party Chairperson

[ODM Party Mombasa County Chairperson Mohammed Hamid Khamis. Photo/ Courtesy].

Mombasa ODM party Chairperson Mohammed Hamid Khamis says the party’s popularity is still high and many aspirants would be jostling for the party’s ticket in the 2022 general election.

Hamid says Mombasa and the Coastal region in general has been a strong political base of the party led by the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

He said Mombasa is still an ODM zone dismissing assertions by detractors that the party is losing popularity in the Coastal region ahead of the next general polls.

Hamid who was accompanied by Mombasa County Assembly Speaker Aharub Khatri spoke when he received two MCA defectors.

MCA’s Feddis Mbura (Mwakirunge Ward) an independent ward representative and Ahmed Khamis (Majengo/Mwembe Tayari ward) of Ford-Kenya have joined the party and signaled their intention to defend their seats on an ODM ticket in the August 2022 polls.

The ODM Party Chairperson said the fact that the two re-joined ODM and seek to defend their seats on the party’s ticket means the party is popular on the ground as the 2022 race hots up.

He said the party will ensure there are free and fair party nominations ahead of next year’s polls to end rebellion and defections in the party.

Hamid said they will respect the voice of party members who will decide on the candidates to fly the ODM party tickets in various elective positions in next year’s polls.

Fair nominations

He assured members that there will be free and fair nominations dismissing fears that the party has preferred candidates who will be given direct nominations.

Speaker Khatri said the ODM party is set to welcome more defectors from other parties as the next years’ polls fast approaches.

The Mwakirunge ward representative Feddis Mbura said she was previously in ODM but ditched the party following acrimonious party nominations.

Mbura said she is optimistic that the ODM party nominations will this time round be transparent and free of anomalies.

Those who spoke also decried low voter registration in the region attributing it to unprecedented level of political apathy among the potential voters.

They noted that having a voter’s card is power and that power begins with voter registration and going out to vote on D-day.