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Jubilee 'wins' Kajiado Central poll

17 March 2015, 13:46 Victor Tinto in Kajiado Central

Nairobi - Even after winning the Kajiado Central by election, many still find it hard to believe that the Orange Democratic Movement ODM's Memusi Kanchori will work for the opposition's agenda.

Memusi was plucked from the Jubilee Alliance Party JAP by ODM at the last minute after he lost the nomination process to Patrick Tutui in what he termed as acrimonious circumstances.

After failing to have an appeal process see him to justice, Memusi opted for ODM, where his clout would eventually defend a seat the party looked odds on to lose.

And even after victory, which was all the same very sweet for the party, many see his move as one that will more likely help the ruling coalition than the opposition.

Similar to Mathare MP Stephen Kariuki who has been labelled a Jubilee son in an ODM house, Memusi is seen as one of those that will likely look the other way and join forces with the ruling coalition in parliament in-order to not isolate himself come the 2017 General Elections.

" It is likely that he will just work with Jubilee because he is one of them in theory," Michael Njenga, a political analyst says.

" Look here. The apple does not fall very far off the tree. That applies to any person in political circles and Memusi, unless something drastic happens will be just that."

" You cannot blame him. The rest of Kajiado supports Jubilee and in 2017 it will be difficult to see him playing with ODM again unless something drastic happens," he added.

Memusi himself was unconvincing of his joy of winning the seat on an ODM ticket.

" We thank God because Kajiado Central has chosen without being intimidated, without looking at the money and without looking at the powers," he said.

" This victory demonstrates that JAP is a stillbirth. It can never be imposed on the people. I thank my supporters for sticking with me and praying for me," he added.

TNA chairman Johnston Sakaja had earlier joked that the election would be an all Jubilee affair, with both Tutui and Memusi members of the coalition despite Memusi decamping.

" This is a Jubilee election. Both candidates are ours, he had said after the nominations.

Whether Memusi will remain in ODM for the long run remains to be seen.

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