All is not lost for reggae DJ Kriss Darlin after his failed entry into politics as an aspiring MP for Kibra constituency. Not only did Kriss Darlin miss out on the ODM ticket but he was also booted by his former employer NTV, where he hosted the reggae music show dubbed ‘Jam Rock’.
Kriss Darlin will, however, be relieved to receive Sh250,000 from the Orange party. The Raila-led political outfit on Monday refunded the amount to the DJ and eight other aspirants who lost the ODM ticket to Bernard Otieno Okoth alias Imran.
This followed a closed-door meeting between the aspirants and their party leader Raila Odinga.
During the meeting, the aspirants tabled their grievances over mishaps that took place during the party primaries, with the party acknowledging that there were mistakes that could have been avoided.
Mr Odinga resolved to refund the Sh2.25 million the nine candidates had paid to the party for the primaries.
This was confirmed by Kisumu Woman Representative Rosa Buyu who appeared on a morning talk show to defend the party.
ODM has been in the forefront, advocating for credible and fair party nominations. The ODM party has apologized to other aspirants in Kibra and has accepted to refund the KSh250,000 that they had each paid as nomination fee,” she stated.
And in a statement to newsrooms on Monday, ODM denied that Raila was furious at how the primaries were conducted.
“Mr Odinga acknowledges that there were challenges in the nominations, with names missing from the voter register but those were not tailored or deliberately introduced to favour or disenfranchise any aspirant,” a statement read in part.