Kenya’s Orange Democratic Movement party quits Wajir West by-election

Kenyan opposition party the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has pulled out of this month’s by-election in Wajir West constituency.

The party said its withdrawal was a reciprocation of ruling party Jubilee’s decision to withdraw from two previous elections for ODM.

“The party has arrived at this decision following consultations with the top leadership of the Jubilee Party during which we agreed to reciprocate Jubilee’s earlier decision to withdraw from the Migori, Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections,” said the party’s director of elections Junet Mohamed.

“We wish victory to the best candidate.”

The vote is scheduled for April 25.

ODM’s pullout leaves Ali Noor Abdi (LPK), Ibrahim Mohamud (KANU), Ahmed Kolosh (Jubilee) and Abbas Nunow (AGANO) in the race for the parliamentary post.

The election follows January’s nullification of Kolosh’s election by the country’s Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, ODM has denied rumours that its member of parliament Ken Okoth has died.

The MP has been receiving treatment for cancer in Europe.

He opened up about his fight with colorectal cancer earlier this year on social media.