Disquiet at DAP-K Party Kitale Office as Supporters Demonstrate Over an ‘Unpopular Nominee’ 

Trans Nzoia DAP Official Dickens Simiyu in a press release after the party denied him a nomination certificate

The move by the defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa’s allied party to deny Mr Simiyu a chance to vie in the 9th August election led to his supporters taking to the Streets in a demonstration to the Party’s headquarters in Kitale town, protesting against the decision

Supporters accused the party’s National and County officials notably Party leader Athanus Wafula Wamunyinyi and Secretary-General David Simiyu Eseli for allegedly having been compromised to turn tables on a popular candidate not only in Kinyoro Ward but the whole County

By David Musundi, The Weekly Vision Online

Demonstrations rocked Kinyoro Ward in Saboti Sub County in Trans Nzoia County on Tuesday over a decision made by the Democratic Action Party (DAP-K) leadership to grant the nomination certificate to Francis Miti to vie in the 9th August election.

The party’s nomination race pitted retired teacher Francis Miti against DAP-K Party official Dickens Simiyu after other aspirants agreed to step down and support the youthful party official. The move by the defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa’s allied party to deny Mr Simiyu a chance to vie in the 9th August election led to his supporters taking to the Streets in a demonstration to the Party’s headquarters in Kitale town, protesting against the decision.

The demonstrators were led by John Mabele Simiyu, Metrine Okumu and Bernard Simiyu said both Wamunyinyi and Eseli who decamped from Ford Kenya had destroyed the Party

They accused the party’s National and County officials notably Party leader Athanus Wafula Wamunyinyi and Secretary-General David Simiyu Eseli for allegedly having been compromised to turn tables on a popular candidate not only in Kinyoro Ward but the whole County. The demonstrators who were led by John Mabele Simiyu, Metrine Okumu and Bernard Simiyu said both Wamunyinyi and Eseli who decamped from Ford Kenya had destroyed the Party.

DAP-K party officials Wafula Wamunyinyi and Eseli Simiyu

Metrine Okumu said: DAP-K officials must explain to us the method they used to issue the certificate; they are not different from Ford Kenya. Bernard Simiyu accused the Party of going against the decision of other aspirants who had fronted Dickens Simiyu as their favourite candidate. They said they would name a compromise candidate from whichever party to face off with Francis Miti in the August 9th elections if the party officials will remain adamant.

‘’ We are going to direct our supporters on what to do. As for now, we are asking our support base to remain calm until we unveil the suitable candidate to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC”, said Bernard Simiyu.

 IMPOSING CANDIDATES

They alleged that some county and National Party officials had imposed candidates from the Women Representative nominee to Ward nominees in all 25 electoral wards. Metrine Okumu added: There have been a lot of issues and the party should have gone to the ground to assess the strength of each individual and not just getting easily compromised, there will be casualties on 9th August.

The aspirants said that even though they were loyal to the Party, it was wrong for officials to let democratic values escape through thin air. ‘’ There are some party officials and brokers who have told us that they have a right to do what they have done because they helped build the party from scratch. We are telling them we also paid nomination and life membership fees’’, said Okumu.

Bernard Simiyu told off both Eseli and Wamunyinyi, saying the party belongs to members whom they found in the party after being frog marched from Ford Kenya.

‘’ We saw it coming before the primaries, the process has been interfered with. We cannot be told to remain silent on the promise of being offered jobs, where are the jobs and we know the party will be a minority?’’, asked Simiyu.

Exorbitant nomination fees.

They regretted that the fees they paid for nominations had gone to waste and demanded a refund of their money. ‘’ For one to be allowed to contest as a member of the county assembly they need to cough up a cool Ksh. 20,000 for nomination and another Ksh. 15,000 Party life membership fee’’, he said.

He added that they saw no hope in petitioning the political party’s tribunal for intervention since it could have been another costly affair. Party Secretary-General David Simiyu Eseli could not be reached for comment. The Trans Nzoia County DAP-K Organizing Secretary Julia Ngeywa dismissed the claims that the County and National officials had been compromised to issue certificates to unpopular candidates.

Speaking to The Weekly Vision Online in Kitale, Mrs Ngeywa said the allegations against party officials were pure lies from those who were unwilling to accept the reality on the ground.

She defended both Eseli and Wamunyinyi, saying they were not involved in picking nominees who will be flying the Party’s flags in the 9th August elections. ‘’ The party leader and the Secretary-General were nowhere near Trans Nzoia to influence the picking of the nominees for various seats. This is hogwash and shouldn’t be part of the talk here’’, she said.

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