The Star (Nairobi)

18 February 2013

Kenya: Migori Candidates Demand Campaign Cars From ODM

A dispute has emerged among ODM candidates in Migori over the use of Cord branded cars by their competitors.

Yesterday, ODM candidates for various seats in Migori took issue with local party officials over the use of the cars by candidates who defected to other parties after the January 17 nominations.

Akongo Oyugi, the ODM governor candidate, said this sends mixed signals to voters who now think that rival parties have the blessings of ODM.

"When our opponents who defected to other parties use ODM cars, it sends a message that we are not wanted by the party," he said. Akongo said he was told by ODM officials that the cars belong to individuals and not the party.

"I asked Karoli Omondi why our vehicles were being used by rival candidates and he told me that they belong to the people who are using them," Akongo said.

The candidates, who comprised of the senator, women representative, parliamentary and county wards candidates, said they are yet to receive campaign materials sent to the county from the party headquarters.

The candidates said the desired 'six-piece' votes will not be achieved if ODM continues to favour their competitors.

"The party is applying double standards because all campaign materials are in the hands of our competitors," said Joseph Olala, the ODM secretary in Migori.

Two of the Land Cruisers sent to the county are being used by the People Democratic Party candidates. "They might think that they are hurting one individual but the trend is hurting ODM campaigns in the county.

The group asked Prime Minister Raila Odinga to ensure that they are allowed to use the cars in their campaigns. Former Kisumu mayor Sam Okello said ODM candidates and party officials are not privy to the running of presidential campaigns in their counties.

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