The late Kibra MP Ken Okoth’s brother, Imran Okoth, was on Sunday forced to cut short his speech at a political rally at Kamukunji grounds after being heckled by a hostile crowd.
Imran was among the speakers at the rally which had been convened by Orange Democratic Party (ODM) leader, Raila Odinga. According to reports, the residents turned hostile because Imran oversaw the cremation of the late MP, a move they were strongly opposed to.
Late Ken Okoth's brother, Imran Okoth, heckled by an irate crowd at Kibra pic.twitter.com/f3bjiFr07s
— K24 TV (@K24Tv) August 25, 2019
During the rally,ODM leader Raila Odinga ruled out direct nomination for the ODM candidate in the by-election set for Thursday, November 7. Mr Odinga also noted that the orange party will conduct its nomination exercise on August 31, before submitting its nominee to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by September 3, 2019.
He however, said that not all the aspirants will participate in the primaries as they will be subjected to a thorough vetting process that will see non-loyalists weeded out.
Even if Imran Okoth empties bank and Mpesa accounts, Kibra people will never forgive him for the role he played in Ken Okoth's cremation. Remember Sonko had given some of them 15 buses. Let him just save the little he had gained as an employee of CDF. It's that simple! pic.twitter.com/qgMHUjpbmY
— Abuga Makori EGH, MBE (@o_abuga) August 25, 2019
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) made the announcement on Monday, August 19, through a gazette notice.
The commission stated that political parties have until August 26 to submit names of candidates set to participate in party nominations.
Addressing residents, Odinga said that ODM will hold its primaries on August 31.
Some of the candidates eying the seat include gender expert Sigar Agumba, who is currently Kibra organising secretary for ODM, party’s National Youth Coordinator Benson Musungu and MP Okoth’s personal secretary Samuel Ogweno Othoo.
Two women have also expressed interest in the post, including Melvin Moraa (ODM) and Ukweli party’s Editar Ochieng, founder of the Feminist for Peace Rights and Justice Centre.
Others include Toi Ogola, Brian Owino, Obaricks Ochieng, John Milla, Anyinga Junior, Patrick Lumumba, Faiz Ochieng and Mohamed Gore, all seeking ODM ticket.