'Kick me out of ODM', MP dares
24 February 2015, 18:46
Nairobi - Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo has dared chairman John Mbadi to kick her out of Orange Democratic Movement ODM, saying she has done nothing to warrant expulsion.
Odhiambo together with three other MPs has been under-fire in recent weeks for her non support of current Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang during the campaign process last and this month.
The MP did not support Kajwang, nor did she support a different candidate.
Other Homa Bay MPs though, supported Kajwang's opponent Philip Okundi, in the process causing disunity in the party at a crucial time.
ODM leader Raila Odinga, over the weekend called on Mbadi to punish those leaders who were against party protocol.
The MPs are James Rege (Karachuonyo), George Oner (Rangwe), Agostino Neto Oyugi (Ndhiwa) and Odhiambo.
In a rejoinder though over the matter, Odhiambo cautioned Mbadi from engaging in politics that will end up hurting him and his credibility and instead focus on building the party.
She said that she has been vociferously loyal to the party and Raila and that anyone trying to kick her out of the party was an enemy of ODM.
" There are no grounds to expel anyone and any such move will be ill advised," she told News24 Tuesday.
" I have been in the party for a long time and I have fought battles that many have not, so it is ridiculous to hear of proposals to kick me out."
" I dare them to try it. We are the custodians of this party and it will remain that way whether they like it or not," she added.
The usually laid back Raila is understood to have grown frustrated
with the number of party members openly going against protocol and
He is said to have especially been angered by the move by the MPs and leaders to openly vouch for Okundi in the recent by elections.
And in a message delivered by
ODM chairman John Mbadi, Raila is keen to straighten the party as plans
to kick on towards 2017 begin.
" There will be changes before the next election," Mbadi said Sunday of the plans by the party.
He (Raila) wants changes and wants to see the persons against the party
shift out and others who are loyal and have better ideas brought on
board," he added.
It is not yet clear what will happen next, especially now that Raila is out of the country.
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