By Paul Mukana
Tongaren MP Eseli simiyu has come clear and cleared the air on why the DAP-K party has splashed out direct tickets to some aspirants.
As the nomination exercise gets underway for most parties, the DAP-K party has given direct tickets to more than a half of its candidates.
“Some candidates have had opponents but after survey,it was noted that one was so powerful than the other.So they sat down and agreed on a consensus and one stepped down for the other, while some were totally unopposed,so only such scenerios is where we give direct tickets,” said Hon.Eseli.
The outspoken lawmaker who doubles up as the secretary general of DAP-K party was speaking at an interview with radio citizen on Thursday evening.
“There are some that we’ve not yet issued them because there’s somebody else who has interest in the same seat thus more than two candidates seeking the same post,we are still dealing with such issues,” he added.
Those who have been given DAP-K’S direct tickets include, Bungoma governor Wickliffe Wangamati, Transnzoia gubernatorial aspirant George Natembeya, his Vihiga counterpart Kenneth Marende and Busia deputy governor Moses Mulomi vying for the gubernatorial slot.
There was a beehive of activities at the DAP-K party headquarters at Chui house in Nairobi on Thursday afternoon.
The party leader Eugene Wamalwa alongside chairman Wafula Wamunyinyi were issuing out nomination certificates to dozens of aspirants from various regions across the country.
Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito who recently ditched ODM for DAP-K also received his certificate.
Maurice Kakai was cleared to vie for the Kimilili parliamentary seat, Lawi Mamal for Teso North MP and musician Yusuf Noah(Refigah) was given the certificate to vie for the Kibra parliamentary seat in Nairobi county.
DAP-K party is an umbrella of the Azimio la Umoja coalition led by its presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
There had initially been rumours that the party could only field candidates in specific parts of the country due to the zoning quackmire with ODM.
However, the DAP-K’S leadership has insisted that they will be fielding candidates for all positions across the country except the presidency which they are supporting Azimio’s Raila Odinga.
“We’ve not had consensus everywhere,those whom we’ve given certificates today are those who reached consensus and some who were more than two but agreed to leave it for one, you know how people agree,” Hon.Eseli said.
The MP insisted that there is an ongoing vetting process and by Monday,they would have known the areas that need primaries.
He noted that the party is keen on minimizing the expenditure on primaries.
According to Eseli, the party is determined to conduct its proceedings in a free, fair and transparent manner.
“Within the party,there is a mechanism where they can bring the complains, there’s a committee involved for that, to look through their problems and try to solve where there’s difficulty,” he added.
Political pundits have opined that conducting a free and fair nomination is a big challenge to all the political parties.
Political analyst Erick Irungu who is a lecturer at Moi University believes that the biggest problem with party primaries is interest since different leaders have different perceptions and choices which bring mistrust within the parties.
He told radio citizen that political parties should institutionalize proper mechanisms and benchmark strong rules from developed democracies.
Eseli is determined to defend his Tongaren seat for the fourth consecutive time, a seat he has been occupying via a Ford Kenya ticket but has since dumped FK for DAP-K.