Raila Odinga's CORD coalition yesterday suffered a setback when Wiper aspirants and leaders of minor parties, including Kalembe Ndile's Tip Tip and Wavinya Ndeti's Chama cha Uzalendo, rejected the proposed joint nomination announced the previous day.
Leaders of the small parties under Cord led by Ndeti and Ndile accused the coalition of dictating matters to them. "This coalition should not be a dictatorship," said Ndeti.
"We reject the joint nomination slated for the 17th of this month. We urge Cord leadership to allow individual parties to conduct separate nominations," Kibwezi MP Philip Kaloki said yesterday.
But Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba said rivals will gain if Cord parties are allowed to conduct their own nominations. "Why should we scatter our votes? Why are they scared? If you are strong on the ground and invested well in the campaigns you will win," he said.