Nominated ODM aspirants confident of winning the August poll
Various Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) aspirants who were nominated in the just concluded party primaries in Narok County have expressed confidence that they would win come August Elections.
Former Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati Ole Musuni said ODM was the most popular party in the County as opposed to Jubilee and the newly formed Bomet Governor’s led party Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM).
“We will join efforts to campaign for ODM in the County so that we can ensure the party garners all the possible seats,” said Musuni.
Musuni was speaking to journalists Monday in Narok town where he thanked ODM supporters for volunteering in large numbers in the party primaries.
He vowed to implement major projects among them building a wheat and maize processing factory, slaughter houses and protect Mau Forest against any further destruction.
“I will ensure that our people get value for their produce. We do not want to continue selling our farm products to outside counties who process them and later sell to us at a high price. We will have our own factories in our County,” said Musuni.
He said that most of the farmers were living a poor life despite their hard work in the farms because of the impassable roads that made it difficult for them to transport their goods to the market.
“I promise you that once you elect me in office, I will ensure that all roads that connect to the grassroots are renovated so that goods can get into the market easily,” he said.
Musuni is to face off with CCM gubernatorial aspirant, current Narok West Member of Parliament Patrick Ntutu, and incumbent Governor Samuel Tunai, who is flying the Jubilee flag.
ODM senatorial aspirant Ledama ole Kina lauded Narok residents for supporting him despite a surprise little known Sirere Maitai coming out the last minute to oppose him.
Ledama promised to fight corruption in the County and ensure that revenue generated from the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and National allocation to the County was used to benefit all the residents.
“Our county has enough resources that if well utilized will boost our people’s living standard,” he said.
He faulted the incumbent governor for not implementing the development agenda he had promised wananchi before he was elected in office.
Ole Kina is to face off with Jubilee’s candidate, former Narok South MP Nkoilale Ole Lankas.
Others who were nominated in the ODM party primaries included Rebecca Tonkei as Women Representative, who is to face off with incumbent Soipan Kudate (Jubilee) and Former Heritage and Culture Minister William Ntimama’s daughter, Lydia Ntimama (CCM). The duo are going unopposed in their respective parties.
But it is not going to be easy for the ODM aspirants as governor Tunai and Ntutu have been traversing the County in the recent past wooing residents to vote in their favour.
The visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto two weeks ago was a major boost for the Jubilee candidates as the president asked residents to support the Jubilee candidates.
Meanwhile, Governor Ruto has also been campaigning for his candidates urging residents to vote for the CCM candidates.
By Ann Salaton