Tension in ODM as Raila's daughter eyes Kibra seat
18 June 2015, 14:23
Nairobi - There is tension brewing within the Orange Democratic Movement ODM after Raila Odinga's daughter Rosemary's plans to vie for the Kibra parliamentary seat in 2017 were leaked.
Rosemary has taken up more responsibility in the party's activities in recent months and especially after the death of Raila's son Fidel Odinga.
She has been seen in several high profile party functions and even accompanied Raila to attend a leadership conference in Germany earlier in the year.
Over the weekend, she accompanied Raila to a rally in Lang'ata, his former constituency and also made a speech.
And according to insiders, she has already declared that she will run for the Kibra seat come the 2017 elections.
" She will contest. The announcement will be made later but she will vie for the seat," the insider told News24.
That though, has not been welcomed by others in the party, including Raila's former advisor Eliud Owalo who has already declared that he will run for the Kibra seat.
Owallo was Raila's campaign chief in the 2013 General Election and is close to the former Prime Minister but in a foot race with his daughter, there is only going to be one winner.
In a statement to media houses Wednesday Owalo complained about the fact that some candidates are keen to end the careers of others and vowed to fight the action, a seemingly veiled attack on Rosemary.
According to observers, if Rosemary does vie, she will win the ODM nomination andaso eventual parliamentary seat due to the popularity of her father.
" If she stands, then ODM already has one seat in the National Assembly even before the election in 2017. No one can beat Rosemary Odinga in Kibra; its a known fact, " political analyst Michael Njenga believes.
The two are set to hold rallies in Kibra over the weekend, in what will be the next phase in their battle for supremacy ahead of the 2017 polls.
The current Kibra MP is Ken Okoth.
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