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Ongoro ditches ODM after Ruaraka rival’s direct nomination

Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro has ditched Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) after the party handed direct nomination to her rival for the Ruaraka parlimentary seat.

Ms Ongoro on Wednesday said she will not bow out of the race and will instead vie on any party within the National Super Alliance (Nasa).

Ms Ongoro announced her defection at Orange House on Wednesday in a televised media briefing .

She claimed that she was attacked twice by supporters of incumbent Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang, only to be told to seek another seat by the party.

PROTEST LETTERS

She added that ODM had ignored her protest letters that outlined how Mr Kajwang had been intimidating and attacking her.

“I have given my party, the party I love so much, enough time to defend me. I have letters that I’ve been writing since September (showing) that this aspirant is after my life, yet they are doing nothing.

“I will be on the ballot, women have been taken for granted for far too long,” said Ms Ongoro.

‘ALMOST LOST MY LIFE’

“I almost lost my life and my party is doing nothing about it. Instead they are rewarding my attacker by giving him a direct ticket.

“As I stand here I believe I am still in the race for the Ruaraka parliamentary seat. I will not take any other seat,” said Ms Ongoro.

She claimed she was talked out of seeking the senatorial seat after ODM officials insisted on the need for regional balance.