I have it from a reliable source privy to the goings on in Cord and in particular what happened in Siaya yesterday during the nomination process and can sum it up this way: There was no confirmed rigging in Siaya as has been alleged.
Cord National Electoral Committee led by the able Hon. Franklin Bett has strict guidelines that must be followed before nominee results are submitted to the IEBC.
Pursuant to those guidelines, Cord has delayed announcing who won the Siaya county ODM nominations for governor and the source emphasized that in by itself is not an admission that the there was anything irregular in the voting; the delay is simply to verify that the results are accurate.
The source tells me ODM had in place a rigging proof nominations system to ensure there was no chance of rigging and, more importantly, as the source also emphasized, to make it easy to expose or discover such rigging.
The source could not divulge the details of this system for obvious reasons but all he could tell me is based on that, he/she is confident there was no rigging in Siaya as alleged and accordingly Cord NEC will, indeed, confirm that Dr. Oburu Odinga is the winner.
I asked my source whether we can really have a “rigging proof” system in Kenya, let alone anywhere else and his/her response was, “it was not possible for the kind of rigging alleged to have taken place. There is no evidence of that.”
I also asked my source whether it’s true that William Oduol is a TNA plant his/her response was he/she did not think so but is of the view Jubilee has tried to exploit his candidacy but thus far has been unsuccessful.
Based on all of this, I would simply urge our loyal brigade not to not be distracted by all the noise making about Siaya while the truth is Cord had nearly flawless nominations nationwide while Jubilee has imploded with its monumental nationwide failure in its nominations!
And that’s not to say anything about the record direct nominations Jubilee has had, shoving down Jubilee member throats candidates they don’t want much as Moi tried to shove down our throats a Uhuru presidency we did not want, and still don’t want.
Members in the Jubilee corner may be hapless and have no choice but swallow those candidates shoved down their throats but voters going to the polls on March 4, 2013 will reject a number of them, beginning with those at the top.
The irony in all of this is, going by the noise in the social media and news coverage on the ground you would think we somehow returned to single party era where Cord is the only party in Kenya.
That’s actually not a bad thing because, strictly speaking, Cord is the only true national coalition.
The rest are tribal outfits more or less as now documented by how they performed in the nominations.
May the best and truly national coalition win.