The ODM party seems to be regaining its lost glory in Narok County as several politicians have expressed interest in vying for various positions on the party ticket.
Unlike in the 2013 and 2017 general elections where the party had lost top-most seats in the county to the URP and Jubilee party respectively, the party is gathering its momentum as a number of aspirants are clinging to it.
In the last elections, five out of the six Members of Parliament (MPs), women representative and the governor were elected on Jubilee affiliated parties and Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) ticket.
The five MPs are: Korei Lemein (Narok South), Ken Aramat (Narok East), Johanah Ngeno (Emurua Dikirr), Gideon Konchella (Kilgoris) and Gabriel Tunguyo (Narok West) who was elected on CCM ticket.
The ODM party secured only the Senatorial and Narok North constituency seats; won by Ledama Ole Kina and Moitalel Ole Kenta respectively.
In the County Assembly, the ODM party won five out of the 30 positions of Members of the county assembly with most of the positions taken by Jubilee affiliated parties.
However, unlike the previous years where there were few politicians who showed interest in vying under the ODM ticket, this election seems different as many politicians have declared interest in vying for various seats through ODM.
Former Cabinet Secretary William Ole Ntimama’s daughter Ms. Lydia Masikonde, who is vying for the women representative seat said ODM was regaining its lost glory in the county alleging it was the most popular party in the county.
Ms. Masikonde who vied for the same position on a CCM ticket in the last elections but lost to the Jubilee Candidate Ms. Soipan Kudate, expressed confidence that the party was now stronger in the county.
“Narok County is an ODM zone, we have seen many people expressing their interest in vying on the party ticket,” said Ms. Masikonde during a press briefing two days ago.
Other front runners who have shown interest in vying for the same seat, on the same ODM ticket are Ms. Jane Nampaso and Ms. Sintamei Parsitau.
On the eve of New Year, Mr Ole Kenta launched his governorship bid announcing he will do so through ODM. During the launch Ole Kenta alleged the people of Narok were safer under the hands of ODM leader Raila Odinga as he had fought for the protection of the Maasai Mau forest fearlessly.
He was accompanied by Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko who urged the Maa community to support Ole Kenta saying he was a courageous man who articulated their issues without fear.
Kenta is however expected to face strong opposition from Patrick Ntutu and Gabriel Tongoyo who are battling for UDA ticket to vie for the same seat.
All the three gubernatorial candidates originate from the larger Purko clan of the Maasai community living in Narok County.
ODM party deputy chairlady Ms. Christine Lemein, who is also a nominated member in the Narok County Assembly expressed confidence that the party would win more seats in the county than the previous elections.
The handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader could have triggered the awakening of the party that was on its deathbed in the county.
Ms. Lemein assured the ODM supporters of a free, credible and fair party nomination.
Narok county has 380, 000 registered voters as per the current Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) data.