More ODM officials happy to see Wanjiru go
16 October 2014, 14:11
Nairobi - More Orange Democratic Movement ODM officials are happy to see the back of Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, saying that she was past her sell by date at the party.
Wanjiru announced last week that she had quit the party, citing frustrations over her failed plan to run for Governor of Nairobi, citing the lack of support from party leaders as disappointing.
Her remarks were quickly met with nods of approval from ODM leaders, who called her move to leave the party long overdue and welcome.
Party Chief Whip Jakoyo Midiwo said that Wanjiru's exit was much needed so as to rid the party of leaders who have no stand.
And speaking Thursday in Nairobi, two leaders from Mathare called her exit long overdue.
" It was long overdue as she was no use to the party at any level. She had dissapeared long ago and was only using the party as a publicity avenue", ODM Mathare sub-branch Secretary General Patrick Lumumba said.
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He added that she campaigned for her son Stephen Kariuki to win the Mathare parliamentary seat despite the fact that she was not a part of the party.
" It was unfortunate that she campaigned under an ODM banner while she knew very well that she is not part of the party. She should have resigned long ago", he added.
Wanjiru said that she felt shortchanged by the party leader Raila Odinga during the March 2013 General Election and according to Mathare parliamentary aspirant Anthony Oluoch, she should have shared her grievances or quit long ago.
" This is a united party and we do not want people who feel left out. She should have spoken instead of coming out much later to put the party in bad light", he added.
Wanjiru is rumoured to be mulling a move to President Uhuru Kenyatta's National Alliance party TNA.
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