ODM Legislator's Seat Declared Vacant

  • ODM's Emmanuel Changawa's Dabaso Ward seat was declared vacant after the High Court nullified his election. File
  • On Monday, November 11, Kilifi County Assembly Speaker Kadhua Jimmy Kahindi declared the Dabaso Ward MCA seat vacant after the High Court in Malindi nullified the election of ODM's Emmanuel Changawa, citing electoral malpractice.

    The petition had been filed by Amani National Congress (ANC) candidate Dickson Karani.

    Speaker Kahindi revealed that he wrote a letter to the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) issuing them a green light to announce a by-election date.

    Former Dabaso ward MCA Emmanuel Changawa (L) with Kilifi North MP Owen Baya
    Former Dabaso ward MCA Emmanuel Changawa (L) with Kilifi North MP Owen Baya

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Changawa expressed confidence that he would clinch the seat in the looming by-election. 

    The mini poll is expected to trigger heated campaigns as was witnessed in Ganda Ward and Kibra Constituency. 

    "Let us wait for the date, the seat being declared vacant doesn't mean that I have left the party," he assured.

    He asked ODM to consider giving him a direct nomination since he was loyal and had paid his monthly dues to the party religiously. 

    Apart from the petitioner, Changawa will face opposition from a new party in the region called the Umoja Summit Party of Kenya.

    In October, the nature of the campaigns in Ganda took a rather unpleasant path, one that led to the shooting and death of an ODM agent, uncle to incumbent Ganda MCA, Reuben Katana.

    In Kibra Constituency, incidents of violence were witnessed as some Jubilee MPs were assaulted in the November 7 by-election. 

    Kilifi County Assembly Speaker Jimmy Kahindi addressing a press conference at the county assembly on Monday, November 21, 2016.
    Kilifi County Assembly Speaker Jimmy Kahindi addressing a press conference at the county assembly on Monday, November 21, 2016.