Wrangles have emerged in Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party in Kwale County following grassroots elections where former Matuga MP Hassan Mwanyoha was elected as the party chairman in the County.
Two warring factions are at loggerheads with one disputing the elections while the other is in support of the outcome.
A faction inclined to Kwale County woman MP Zuleikha Hassan says the election was not inclusive claiming they were not involved. Zuleikha was interested in the chair position.
“We are opposed to the election because not everyone participated, we had planned to have a free ballot election so that whoever wins is seen to win fairly,” said Mwanauba Said.
Ms Fatuma Juma, an ODM member who disputed the grassroots election said there was a lot of malpractices where the elections were being supervised by wiper party members.
On his part Said Chombeza said the ODM party is losing its political grip in Kwale County because of poor leadership by ODM grassroots leaders which also made the party lose the ODM seat during the last year Msambweni by-election.
The group is now asking the ODM party leadership not to approve the names and organize another grassroots election in the county which will be done through a secret ballot.
On their part, Mwnyoha’s led faction says the election was free and fair since they followed the party election’s guidelines.
“We did our elections through consensus by filling the gaps, the positions that were left vacant by people who either defected, were sick or died. Mwanyaha did not defect, Mwanyoha is not sick and Mwanyoha is not dead” said Mwanyoha.
The group maintained that the mode of the election was agreed upon by all Kwale County ODM delegates during a meeting with the party leadership from the headquarters. They say that the election that was through consensus was only meant to fill vacant positions of members who had left the party or died.