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Lang'at beaten up as ODM troubles resurface

31 October 2014, 08:04 William Korir

Nairobi - ODM Executive Director Magerer Lang'at was beaten up by party supporters in what is a continuation of the internal wrangles facing the Orange party.

Lang'at, was kicked out of a parliamentary group meeting Thursday in Nairobi for comments he allegedly made purporting to the demise of the party earlier in the week.

He was on the record as saying in Nakuru Tuesday that the party is dead and needs to be rejuvenated. He also insinuated that party leader Raila Odinga needs to take a back seat from affairs to help the party re-brand.

But his sentiments were met with derision Thursday, when he was pulled out of the group meeting by Nairobi MCA's who claimed he was a Jubilee coalition mole and roughed up.

Led by Nairobi County Majority leader Elias Otieno, they had him thrown out of the meeting with kicks and blows, in full view of party leader Raila Odinga.

He was saved from a serious beating by police officers on patrol outside the venue of the meeting.

Read also: ODM protests hit Raila move to share party funds

" He is a Jubilee mole. He has undermined our party and its leadership and needs to leave us in peace, Otieno remarked when asked about the violence.

Lang'at is yet to comment on the matter.

It is understood that Lang'at has built up a resistance movement within the party that is clamouring for changes to the top leadership of the party.

He and others, with Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba also thought to be part of the group, has grown disillusioned by the direction the party is taking and want changes.

They are also unhappy that issues such as the botched Kasarani election are yet to be resolved, with the year close to ending.

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