Divided NASA Likely To Lose key Seats To Jubilee
The threat of NASA losing seats in its strongholds is becoming real after its luminaries failed to agree on single candidates to face off with Jubilee contestants.
The alliance could remain inferior to JP in terms of parliamentary strength if it does not organise itself well to avoid splitting its votes.
Jubilee has taken advantage of the its internal rivalry to plot and win more seats in the upcoming polls.
In Nairobi, JP has focussed on Embakasi East, Embakasi South, Embakasi North, Lang’ata, Westlands and Dagoretti North — all held by ODM.
Of the city’s 17 constituencies, NASA’s perceived strongholds are Ruaraka, Kibra, Dagoretti North, Embakasi South, Westlands, Embakasi Central, Embakasi East, Lang’ata and Mathare.
JP’s are Roysambu, Kamukunji, Dagoretti South, Embakasi North and Kasarani. Battlegrounds are Starehe, Makadara and Embakasi West.
In the Senate race, NASA votes are divided between Edwin Sifuna (ODM) and Ramesh Gorasia (Wiper) who face nominated MP Johnson Sakaja (JP).
President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken advantage of the situation to present Sakaja as a Luhya to woo the community. The Luhyas are believed to be solidly in NASA.
Sakaja’s critics say he has never stood with the community at its times of need. He has also been accused of failing to respond to questions about his ethnic background, with some saying he is trying to use the Luhyas to win on August 8.
In the woman representative race, NASA has Esther Passaris (ODM) and Rahab Ndambuki (Wiper) who will square it off with incumbent Rachel Shebesh (JP).
In Langa’ta, Oscar Omoke (ODM) and Judith Sijenyi (ANC) face Nixon Korir (JP).
For the Dagoretti North seat, incumbent Simba Arati (ODM) faces Amos Shilibwa (ANC) and Elachi (JP).
Ruaraka has nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro (ANC), TJ Kajwang’ (ODM) and Dominic Gathecha (JP).
In Embakasi South, incumbent Irshad Sumra (ODM) and Musili Mawathe (Wiper) face Mutunga Mutungi (JP).
At the 2013 election, Cord lost Kamukunji, Embakasi North, Embakasi West, Kasarani, Makadara and Starehe among other constituencies narrowly — affiliates fielded candidates against each other.
In Bungoma, Governor Kenneth Lusaka (JP) faces a divided NASA made up of Stephen Mutoro (ANC), Wycliffe Wangamati (Ford Kenya) and Alfred Khang’ati (ODM).
In Sirisia, incumbent John Waluke (JP) is against Moses Nandalwe (ODM), David Makali (Ford Kenya) and Namulala Wataka (ANC).
NASA candidates are also against each other in Lamu, Webuye East and West MP, Narok governor, Kisii governor, Bungoma senator, Mwingi Central, Makueni, Mbooni, Kibwezi East and Yatta MP races.
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