Bukachi loses fight to get back ODM certificate
Nairobi Senate aspirant Gabriel Bukachi Chapia has been sent back to ODM and plead with its leaders to have his name back as the party candidate.
The aspirant, who claims he was denied the ticket solely because he is not a man of means, wanted the party forced to present his name as ODM Senatorial candidate for Nairobi. The Political Parties Disputes Tribunal, however, dismissed his case and directed him to present his grievances to the party.
The Tribunal directed the Party, to decide within 48 hours, who will be its candidate between lawyer Edwin Sifuna and Chapia.
Chapia was the sole ODM candidate for Nairobi senate seat after no one came forward to contest. He was handed the provisional certificate alongside other contestants who were not opposed including Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, his Mombasa Hassan Joho, Turkana’s Josephat Nanok, Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), David Nkedianye (Kajiado) and Kilifi’s Amason Kingi.
The party later made an about-turn and decided to present Sifuna as the candidate in a deal involving Ford Kenya’s party leader Moses Wetangula. Sifuna unsuccessfully contested the Kanduyi constituency in Bungoma County.
Chapia said he was pressurized to step down in favour of Sifuna because he does not have the money to mount a serious campaign in Nairobi. “The move is discriminatory because he is being denied the chance to serve Nairobians because he is a man of humble means,” he said.
Chapia then moved to the Tribunal to contest the move. The Tribunal however said they cannot micromanage political parties and they should be left to decide who to represent them. “Since no primaries were held, the only way to solve this dispute is to let the party decide within the party itself and with accordance with the party constitution,” the tribunal chairman Kyalo Mbobu said.