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ODM youth leaders demand party's chairmanship

20 November 2013, 08:35 Sam Kinywa

Kakamega - Youth leaders from Orange Democratic Movement in Western Kenya have asked the party to reserve the party chairmanship for the region owing to its contribution to the party.

The leaders drawn from Vihiga, Kakamega, Bungoma and Busia Counties led by their respective chairs have asked other regions to back their bid.

Jacklyne Okanya, the Kakamega chapter Chair said the region had been segregated in many cases and at times maligned over its ambition with its leaders relegated to the peripheries.

She said the youth in the county had decided to gun for nothing short of the party’s chairmanship resolutely to justify their position in the party.

“We are going to have the national elections for the party on 15 February 2014 and what we want is the chairmanship because we deserve the position as a region. We shall reach out to other regions and leaders to lobby and make sure that we deliver this seat to show how determined and serious we are,” she said.

Bonventure Mugatsia, the youth leaders from Vihiga County said the four counties in western region make a strong case for the position of chairmanship because they had demonstrated through the last general elections that they could galvanize votes for the party and its leaders at national level when called upon.

According to George Barasa, the party’s chairperson for Bungoma County, the region has been supporting various other aspirants in previous elections adding that it was time other regions supported the region’s quest. He however maintained that the region’s youth were also firmly behind the ODM National Youth League leader Rashid Mohammed.

“We want to categorically state that even as we pursue the chairmanship, we also fully and firmly support our National Youth Leader Rashid and we shall stand by him in recognition of the fact that democracy prevails through involvement of the youth,” said Barasa.

The leaders nonetheless maintained that as the youth league of the party, they were in ODM to stay and would throw their weight behind the region that would clinch the seat.

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