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ODM fails badly in Kabete poll

05 May 2015, 17:22 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM was dealt a massive beating in the Kabete by election, but was it worth their time in the first place?

Jubilee Alliance Party candidate Ferdinand Waititu was elected the new member of parliament having garnered 24,228 votes in a by-election that was held on Monday.

The ODM candidate Wilson Karanja Kamau was a highly embarrassing fifth with a paltry 170 votes.

George Mungai Waiguru an independent candidate came second with 268 votes with Newton Njenga of New Vision Party third with 241 votes, followed by John Wamagata of Safina with 176 votes.

He was followed by Kavore Kariuki of Narc Kenya with 149 votes. Paul Wariuki of the Peoples Party of Kenya was seventh with 89 votes, while Kiriko wa Ngugi of the Democratic Party with 82 votes.

Isaiah Ndirangu of the Party of Democratic Unity was last with 33 votes.

The question on many people's lips is, why did ODM contest the election in the first place? Did they plan for it? Did they have any chance of competing and did they do their homework?

" Contesting in a highly Jubilee background was not the best thing to do and I still do not understand why they did so, political analyst Michael Njenga says.

" It was obvious they would lose from the beginning and it defies belief to think they actually went on with the elections.

" It has stained their name to have their candidate come fifth and not even threaten Waititu. What was the thinking behind the elections? Only they at ODM know, he added.

ODM elections chief Judith Pareno when reached for comment said that the party would comment on the elections officially at a later date.

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