Kibra By-Election set to test Handshake bond.

Kibra By-Election set to test Handshake bond.

ODM wants to retain the seat that fell vacant after the death of MP Ken Okoth. The late MP had a good performance record, which makes replacing him a huge assignment for Kibra and the party at large.

The November 7 event represents a convergence of divisive political interests. It is a rehearsal for 2022 presidential ambitions for some. There is also the expectation of a referendum in the mix. The first test for ODM was allowing party members to nominate a candidate. Direct award of party nomination certificate to a favored aspirant did not work in Embakasi. It did not work in Ugenya, early this year and seemingly a goof in Kibra would have backfired.

The arrival of a factional Jubilee candidate, in spite of earlier expectations of the party working with ODM, complicates the contest. It is clear that the William Ruto Jubilee faction has presented a candidate to try to derail the Handshake.

By Mary Mukhwana