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Sad Day For Raila As Elizabeth Ongoro Ditches ODM Party

Elizabeth Ongoro Ditches ODM

Nominated senator and Raila Odinga's diehard supporter Elizabeth Ongoro has decamped from Orange Democratic Movement. Citing frustrations for her exit, she is yet to announce the party under which she will contest the Ruaraka parliamentary seat. The seat is currently held by Tom Kajwang' who is a member of ODM.
Elizabeth Ongoro was barred from contesting the party nominations after deadly clash between her fans and those of Tom Kajwang' leading to the death of 2 people. The disciplinary branch of the party cracked the whip on her thereafter. It is not clear the kind of punishment imposed on Tom Kajwang'.
Some sources, however, say that some big players in the party did not want her to run for the Ruaraka seat and had asked her to instead go for the Women Representative position or the senatorial seat. She however declined saying that no one would deny her her democratic right to contest the Ruaraka parliamentary seat.
This is a big blow to the former prime minister Raila Odinga as he seeks to clinch the National Super Alliance presidential ticket. Elizabeth Ongoro is a well known grassroots mobilizer who is capable of moving crowds in the city and the countryside with the same energy. Very few female politicians have grasped such political skills.
Ongoro represented Kasarani constituency in the 10th parliament and had planned to vie for the Nairobi senatorial seat. She however had to bow to party pressure and let Margaret Wanjiru, who has since defected to Jubilee Party, contest the seat. She lost with a big margin to Gideon Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
She shied from the senatorial seat this time round after it was alleged Martha Karua would contest the seat too. Karua went ahead announce her bid for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial race and her support for the reelection bid of president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ongoro is expected to defect to party within the NASA outfit preferably Wiper Democratic Movement. In the recent times, many aspirants have shifted political allegiances as the party nominations nightmare bites. Chirau Ali Mwakwere defected from ODM to Wiper as Passaris moved to ODM. Richard Onyonka ditched ODM and Gitobu Imanyara defected to Maendeleo Chap Chap under Alfred Mutua from the Orange Democratic Movement.

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