Residents of Mtepeni ward in Kilifi South constituency have protested over the ODM nomination results which they say was manipulated to impose unwanted leadership on them
The residents said Bazil Mwavula Mwalangi, their preferred candidate whom they vehemently voted for was robbed off his victory and the certificate issued to Brown Safari who is an ODM Kilifi South Member of Parliament ‘project’.
Led by Community leader Harrison Nyundo, they said Bazil won in all the three polling stations but the results were delayed only to be announced last night that Safari had won.
“We campaigned so hard and voted overwhelmingly for Bazil, it’s very unfortunate that a person who never even bothered to campaign is the one now being issued with the certificate,” said Nyundo.
The residents gave ODM party until the end of the week to return the certificate to Bazil or repeat the exercise.
They have vowed that they will turn against the party during the August 9, polls if the party fails to heed to their ultimatum.
According to Nyundo, the residents are the ones who persuaded Bazil to run for the seat owing to his philanthropic works in the area.
“He was reluctant to go for the seat, but we as elders persuaded him to vie, we even suggested to him to join ODM,” said Nyundo.
A woman village elder Ummi Yusuf could not fight back her tears as she decried the foul play on their candidate in the polls.
“We won’t accept this daytime robbery, where is the democracy the ODM party leader has been fighting for in this country?” she posed.
According to her, they won’t allow their victory to be stolen saying that they will appeal the results.
The residents accused Kilifi South Member of Parliament Ken Chonga of interfering with the nomination exercise in favor of his preferred MCA candidates.
The race for the Mtepeni Ward seat had attracted seven candidates including Bazil Mwavula, Brown Safari and Tsuma Tsuma.
Other candidates included Abel Kulai, James Chitoto, Victor Katana and Humphrey Kagia.
[Mtepeni Ward residents protesting the ‘flawed’ ODM nominations in the area. Photo/Ahmed Omar/April, 04, 2022].
ODM had opted to carry out nominations for the Member of County Assembly (MCA) aspirants only in Mombasa and Kilifi counties.
The National Elections Board had earlier said that some tickets for governor, senate and MP positions will be given out through consensus.