Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi during a CDF functions on Sunday explained that he bolted out of the Nairobi gubernatorial race because ODM leader Raila Odinga had received Jubilee backing for presidency and therefore they had to relinquish the Nairobi seat.
Wanyonyi had been touted as the best candidate to occupy Nairobi seat but his ambition was shot down after negotiations with the Jubilee party which will field Polycarp Igathe.
“Because of the arrangement of parties to work together, it comes along with its challenges. And it is due to those challenges that it was agreed that because ODM had been given the presidency, we had to relinquish the Nairobi Governor’s seat for Jubilee,” Wanyonyi said.
But what’s not known to many is that Wanyonyi’s bid had been shot down by ODM leaders from his own Luhya backyard. A section of Luhya leaders identifying themselves as ‘Mulembe Grass root Leaders’ drawn from the ODM party had in January stated that Nairobi was their only bargaining for power.
That was never the case when it came to negotiations. The group led by Vincent Shimoli and drawn from Nairobi’s 85 wards had endorsed Hon. Tim Wanyonyi as their candidate but never backed him during the Azimio negotiations.
In fact, those who loudly shot down Wanyonyi’s bid are Luhya leaders who have been in bed with Jubilee even way before the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
So Wanyonyi did not step down but was pushed down by his own people led by former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi who is conveniently in ODM under the instructions of her spin masters who are Jubilee big wigs.
Prior to her nomination as the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Elachi spent all her precious time abusing ODM leadership and Simba Arati.But in the run up to ODM party primaries, she became a sweetheart begging Tim Wanyonyi and SG Edwin Sifuna to help her secure the party ticket to run for Dogoreti North Constituency seat.
She is a Judas who has no right and moral authority to talk about Luhyas and on behalf of Hon Tim Wanyonyi. The former Jubilee nominated senator has never supported any course that favors the Mulembe nation.
Elachi is part of a pack of vindictive and dreadful wolves which include top Luhya leaders in ODM who are not happy with Wanyonyi’s fast and stable rise in politics.
The cabal of Luhya leaders who feel that Wanyonyi is becoming a threat in ODM succession matrix coerced Odinga to throw him, under the bus.
Because Wanyonyi as the governor of Nairobi would definitely lead to emergence of a new crop of Luhya leaders who would take from the likes of Wycliffe Oparanya who is retiring as Kakamega governor.
In a nut shell, Luhya leaders in ODM chose to stifle democracy by sacrificing Hon. Tim Wanyonyi, a person living with disability, loyal member and supporter ODM to support of a political novice.
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