ODM: No favourites yet to replace Ken Okoth as Kibra MP

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The Orange Democratic Movement says the party does not have a favourite candidate for the upcoming Kibra parliamentary by-elections.

According to Oduor Ong’wen, who is the party’s executive director, it is not yet time to begin talks on who will become the next member of parliament for Kibra constituency as it has not been two weeks since the death of Okoth.

Ong’wen further says that the ball is in Justin Muturi and IEBC’s court. The National Assembly speaker has to declare the seat vacant, followed by a detailed roll-out programme, including the date of the by-election by IEBC led by chairman Wafula Chebukati.

ODM is planning to consult widely to decide the means by which the next potential candidate will acquire the ticket, further promising all interested participants a fair nomination process.

This even as a couple of politicians have expressed interest in vying for the seat. Eliud Owallo, Raila’s former aide, and former MCA Pius K’Otieno are said to have declared their bid to vie for the seat.

The family of the late Okoth had earlier requested Raila to endorse the deceased’s step brother and personal assistant Imran Okoth to succeed his late brother’s throne.

A scetion of MCAs from Kibra had earlier sternly announced that they will not permit anyone to hold campaigns in the constituency until they feel that Kibra residents will have healed from the death of Ken Okoth.

Okoth died from colorectal cancer at the Nairobi Hospital and was cremated on August 3 amidst conflict from family members over his burial rites.

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