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Ababu, Zani reconciliation key to ODM future

29 August 2014, 09:36 William Korir

Nairobi - Reconciling Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba and Nominated Senator Dr Agnes Zani is key on ODM agendas, Secretary General Prof. Anyang Nyon'go has said.

The two have not been on good terms since they both fell out in a rugged and unfashionable way before and after the ill fated party elections in Kasarani early this year.

Both see themselves as the key to the growth of the party in future and both have been backed by different leaders in the party to underline their popularity.

But with ODM putting on hold party elections to concentrate on other issues, Ababu has felt left out, thus his outburst last week where he said that he would consider leaving ODM unless party elections are done.

Party leader Raila Odinga was quick to re-assure Ababu and Zani's camp that all would be considered and Nyong'o speaking Thursday in Nairobi, was all too keen to clarify the party's stand on the two leaders.

" The two are important to the party and we want to accommodate them as much as we possibly can, Nyong'o said.

" Yes, elections will be called at an appropriate time. The party leadership is reaching out to all sides to ensure that we go to the elections united.

He also added that the issue of polarization is being dealt with.

" We simply do not want to go to the elections polarized like last time, That was an issue to be dealt with and we are looking at it now as we speak, he added.

The elections are set for sometime before the end of this year, as confirmed by Raila during his meeting with Ababu last week.

" The party is at a cross roads because they know that they will have to disappoint one person but that is democracy and how the problem is dealt with is what matters more than anything, political analyst Michael Njenga said.

" The good thing is that they are addressing the problem head on. They are not hiding behind it like they did earlier on.

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