By Lee Makwiny
First, allow me to state clearly that I am not an Â expert on matters politics in Bonchari and Kisii in general. However, as an ardent ODM supporter, whose is keen in ensuring that ODM bags the Bonchari seat.
During the last election, Bonchari is one of the constiuencies that gave Raila Odinga overwhelming support. However, due to a mismanaged party nominations, ODM candidate, Charles Onyancha came a distance third. This is how they performed:
John Oor Oyioka KANU 8,987
Zebedeo Opore Ford P 8,992
Charles Onyancha ODM 6,897
Albert Monyancha WIPER 160
From the above figures, it is clear the ODM candidate lost. What I am yet to understand is whether the political dynamic have changed on the ground in his favor. In Kisii, the governor won with over 260,000 votes against the TNA’s candidate who gote 63,000 votes.
Cord also had two strong candidates for the senate in Kisii, Magara (PDP) who got 100,000 votes and Obure (ODM) who got over 120,000 votes. This, clearly demonstrate that Kisii was fully â€ª#â€ŽCORDEDâ€¬ and therefore, CORD candidates ought to have shared position 1 and 2 respectively.
Going further to the presidential results, Raila Odinga 25,984 against Uhuru Kenya 7040 in Bonchari. It is there clear that our candidate in Kisii was unpopular or did not take his campaigns serious. From his figures above, it is clear that the 6,897 people who voted for him, actually voted for the party, and not him.
If ODM want to win the seat, I think it will only be through a credible party nomination. If Onyancha want to win back the seat, he should push the party to conduct nominations and plot to win it.
Failure to conduct nomination for this seat will definately mean ODM forgetting about the seat.