Beaten and embarrassed Lang'at 'will not quit' ODM
01 November 2014, 09:33
Nairobi - Beaten and embarrassed in public, Magerer Lang'at will not quit the Orange Democratic Movement ODM. Not for now anyway.
The ODM Executive Director tried hard to put a brave face on Friday during a press conference in Nairobi, saying that he felt embarrassed to be treated like he was, a day earlier where he was attacked and mauled by persons purporting him to being a Jubilee coalition mole.
This happened in full view of party bosses, including leader Raila Odinga and fellow principal Kalonzo Musyoka. There was never a better stage.
He was however not being drawn into leaving a party he has supported through what he says is a trying time in his life and political career.
" As Executive Director of ODM, I have discharged my duties and responsibilities professionally and with utmost loyalty to both the party and to our party leader. " What happened yesterday was a second attempt on my life in nearly the same circumstances by the same actors, which is barbaric, cowardly and shows that some sections of Kenyans are allergic to individual freedom as enshrined in the Constitution, he said in a statement.
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He asked that those well known persons responsible for his fate be taken to book for their actions, which he described as sad and unwarranted.
" I hope our laws will protect us against those who are still conformers of the status quo and as you saw yesterday are champions of impunity, he added.
As for staying in a party that has now brought him pain in literal terms, he was clear about his conscience, despite the ongoing problems.
" I am the ODM Executive Director and that has not changed today, he added.
Leader Raila Odinga had already called on action to be taken against perpetrators of the violence, describing their actions as unacceptable.
The chaos was led by Nairobi County Majority Leader Elias Otieno who claimed that his action and that of others was important as the party needed to weed out negative elements.
Whether action will be taken on him is another matter altogether.
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