By Samson Kitavi.
The Orange Democratic movement Party ODM has vowed to use every arsenal available to retain the Nairobi gubernatorial seat under the incumbent Dr Evans Kidero in the forthcoming general election.
And in what is bound to change the political dynamics within the party, a section of members affiliated to the party have endorsed the candidature of its Deputy Party leader and Mombasa governor Hassan Joho to be its Presidential flag bearer in 2022.
ODM kicked its series of rallies in Nairobi with a road show that culminated in a political rally at the Masinde Muliro’s grounds in Mathare constituency.
Area MP Stephen Kariuki who decamped from ODM to the newly launched Jubilee Party attracted verbal attacks from those present.
Joho announced that he would be the ODM’s Presidential flag bearer in 2022 to square it out with Deputy President William Ruto.
But immediately after the rally, all hell broke loose, with the owner of a pick-up truck counting losses after some ODM supporters set it on fire on claims that it had been involved in a hit and run incident just moments earlier.
The driver of the ill-fated pick-up was forced to run for dear life to escape the wrath of the irate crowd.
It took the efforts of a standby police water cannon truck to put out the fire but not after the vehicle was reduced to a shell.
The Jubilee party took its campaigns to Mathare where politicians drawn from the party criticized their counterparts in the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy saying that their odds of clinching political power was at best bleak.
The politicians among them three Nairobi gubernatorial aspirants launched a scathing attack against Nairobi governor Evans Kidero and his Mombasa counterpart Hassan Joho claiming that they have failed the basic of development test in their respective jurisdictions.
And with less than a year before Kenyans goes to the ballot, the party vowed to use all means at its disposal to take the majority of seats within the city vowing to work in harmony to ensure president Kenyatta wins by a landslide.