Luhya revolt causes Raila sleepless nights
20 April 2015, 13:17
Nairobi - ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba is still seeking a way out of the party, just a few months after party leader Raila Odinga brokered a deal to keep him in the party.
According to persons close to the Budalangi MP, he is seeking a way out of the party and is backing plans to enforce a Luhya coalition.
This follows a meeting over the weekend in which a section of Luhya legislators met the MP in Kakamega, where plans to build a coalition were raised.
Ababu is understood to be very keen on the idea.
" He is tired of ODM," the source that did not want to be named told News24.
" The party has simply refused to change its Luo Nyanza outlook and Ababu is still disillusioned because he feels that the Luhya people are being shortchanged," the source added.
It is understood that Luhya legislators are keen on an alliance between the big two leaders, Musalia Mudavadi of UDF and Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya.
The revelation comes amidst the woes that Ababu has faced in parliament after being ousted from the Public Accounts Committee PAC.
He has accused ODM and party leader Raila Odinga of not offering him enough support to fight the charges leveled against him.
Ababu was ready to quit ODM late last year but Raila stepped in to solve the issue of leadership in the party, appointing Ababu Secretary General.
So what now for Raila?
What does he do this time? Let Ababu pack and go or talk him into staying at the party?
" Its a tight situation for Raila because the Luhya people are more and more becoming restless. They have the numbers to be huge for any candidate in an election if they are united," political analyst Michael Njenga says.
" Its an if and a big if, but if they unite under one party, they will be the biggest voting block in the country and will be very marketable for any potential presidential candidate."
" Raila will want to be the beneficiary but with the way things are going, it is likely the Luhya will demand their own candidate.
" It will be interesting to see what happens," he adds.
Raila says that he will vie for the presidency in the 2017 General Election, as will Wetangula. Who will come on top?
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