Furious Raila grills ODM officials in tense 1-hour meeting over Kibra primaries

Edwin Sifuna admits ODM Kibra primaries were flawed after Raila grilled top officials

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga holds 1-hour meeting with ODM officials over bungled Kibra party primaries

Details have now emerged that ODM party leader Raila Odinga, last week, held a debriefing meeting with top officials from the party following the Kibra party primaries.

According to a Standard report, the party leader sought to find out why there had been numerous cases of voters' names missing from the voters' register.

Some of the aspirants who contested in the primaries had reported cases of their supporters being turned away from polling stations after being told that their names were missing from the list.

"Raila was very unhappy with the turn of events because the party's top leadership cannot be working so hard to have a free and fair process then some people in the secretariat sabotage it at the last minute," one of the party officials told reporters.

The party leader resolved to restructure the party's leadership to weed out those who participated in bungling the primaries.

Raila to meet ODM Kibra aspirants who lost to Imran Okoth

Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna allegedly took the blame for the unfortunate incidents during the polls telling the party leader that he was at fault since his office developed the party register.

He admitted that there were flaws in how the primary was conducted but disclaimed that they generally did not interfere with the credibility of the poll.

"It's only six out of 24 polling stations that had problems, and everybody, including the elections board owned up to the mistakes.

"Let's agree the exercise was free and fair, unless you're just out to find fault in how the party conducted the nomination," Sifuna stated.

Mr Odinga is set to hold another meeting with the aspirants who lost to Imran Okoth during the poll before the party kicks off campaigns for the candidate seeking to replace his brother in parliament.

On Sunday, the former Prime minister with his wife Ida Odinga hosted the leadership of the party from Nairobi County at their residence in Karen to strategize on the Kibra campaign.

The ODM party later released a statement denying that any such meeting had taken place.

"The story appearing in today’s edition of Standard on the party’s nomination in Kibra is FAKE NEWS, erroneous and laced with lies. The Party Leader Raila Odinga urges members of the Orange Movement, supporters and the general public to ignore it as rumours," the statement read.

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