Ford Kenya sabotaging ODM in Bungoma
17 December 2014, 10:33
Bungoma - Members of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in Bungoma County have sharply criticized their Ford Kenya colleagues for sabotaging their activities in the region.
ODM Youth league members claim that Ford Kenya leadership in Bungoma, despite being Cord Coalition partners, are not willing to engage ODM in political activities in the region.
The youth led by ODM National Youth League Secretary General, John Ketora told journalists in Bungoma that they had approached Ford Kenya Party leader, Moses Wetangula, about organizing an inter-party youth forum for the coalition but he was non-committal.
He said they have never had any County meeting since the elections and the parties were struggling to hold their own meetings.
Ketora, said they had noted and received information that its coalition partner was working to sideline it in the grassroots.
He said that this move would greatly undermine their efforts to unify the area ahead of the next general elections.
“We have noted that our partner has been trying to undermine our party at the grassroot level and thus we will have consultative talks with the party leadership and figure a way forward,” said Ketora.
He was speaking in Bungoma town while meeting ODM Bungoma County Youth officials.
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Bungoma County Youth League Chair, George Barasa, said the elected leaders of the coalition in the County were not helpful in promoting the coalition.
Barasa said that parties affiliated to the Cord coalition were not working effectively to ensure that there was unity, but each party was instead holding individual activities.
He said they had tried on several occasions to hold meetings and bring the leaders on board but their efforts were in vain, adding that Bungoma was no longer in a coalition arrangement.
“We have tried to bring our coalition partners on board so that we have strategic meetings but none seems willing to join us or even support our idea. Clearly Bungoma is not Corded as before but we are now operating as individual parties in the County,” said Barasa.
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