Kidero association killed Okundi, say experts
13 February 2015, 13:03
Nairobi - The fact that Philip Okundi was supported by well known Orange Democratic Movement ODM rebel Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in the just ended Homa Bay Senatorial By Election was a key reason for his massive failure.
Okundi was well beaten by his main opponent and ODM candidate Moses Kajwang in the by election held Thursday, losing by a margin of close to 100,000 votes.
He failed to compete well in every facet of the election, losing the battle in all 878 polling stations.
Kajwang’, who vied for the seat on the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, garnered 127,370 votes with his closest competitor, Okundi of the Maendeleo Democratic Party managing to garner 27,671 votes.
So after the noise made about his candidacy and perceived ability to give ODM, led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga a run for their money, why was the result so one sided?
According to political experts in the region, Okundi was sold out by his association with Kidero, who has been branded by his detractors as a Jubilee Coalition mole.
" The problem with Okundi was not that he was a bad candidate. It was that Kidero supported him and that was the reason for his downfall," political analyst from Homa Bay Aloys Ngulu told News24.
" Kidero is demonized as a Jubilee mole after all he has been doing in the past one year, so ODM had an easy task discrediting Okundi.
" He was told to try avoid Kidero, but because he needed political foes, he jumped at the opportunity, to the detriment of his campaign," Ngulu added.
Barry Okoth, a lecturer in political sciences also feels that Kidero did more harm than good to Okundi's campaign.
" It would have been advisable to get rid of the Kidero charade, even though I do not think he had much choice considering the circumstances," he said.
" Kidero is the person who is trying to undermine the point of authority the authority being Raila Odinga and no one wants that to happen, as much as there were grievances."
" Many were not happy with Moses Kajwang's choice but Kidero was the other option. The person no one wants to be associated with."
" Kidero is the face of dissent and in some quarters the Jubilee coalition. It is easy to see why Okundi failed," he added.
In as far as the perceived battles between Raila and Kidero goes, it is the proverbial 1-0 scoreline to the former Prime Minister.
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