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Mudavadi refutes claims about leaving ODM

27 March 2012, 12:57 Alloys Musyoka

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Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi refuted claims that he is planning to shift from Orange Democratic Movement in case he is refused ODM presidential ticket.

He said he has never thought of leaving ODM since it was the only party with national outlook.

Mudavadi dismissed his rivals within the party claiming that he is planning to leave ODM saying they are trying all their best to divide members of the party.

“I want to tell those saying that I am planning to shift from ODM party to another one, they have nothing to say and those are people within ODM who are just out to divide members of the party. Those are just mere propaganda meant to divide ODM leaders but I tell those lying to Kenyans that they will wait Mudavadi to shift from ODM in vein,” said Mudavadi.

Addressing ODM party delegates in Tana River county Hall on Sunday Mudavadi said the main aim of ODM party is getting to the state house regardless of who will be the flag bearer of the party.

“I am a strong member of ODM and I have never thought of shifting from the party as it is being claimed, what we want is democracy within the party,” noted.

On the issue of nomination of flag bearer (presidential candidate)of the party, Mudavadi maintained that ODM members should be left to decide onthe system to be applied.

He warned ODM leaders against misleading members of the party by telling them to accept using a certain system noting that ODM members have their constitutional rights to decide which system to use in electing their flag bearer.

“I want to tell ODM leaders who have been going round convincing members of accept a certain system of electing flag bearer that they should leave them alone to decide. Members have their constitutional rights that can decide for themselves,” he added.

He who was accompanied by Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu and Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito among other politicians accused ODM leaders opposing nomination being done at the county level that they are planning to corrupt the exercise.

Conducting the exercise in Nairobi, Mudavadi warned that it will cost most of the members and delegates.

“People will have to spend a lot of money for the delegates and members to come in Nairobi as well as causing marriage problems since women involved may be forced to spend many days away from home,” he asserted.

The MP also proposed amendments of some of the articles of the ODM party constitution in order to ensure that the nomination of the flag bearer is conducted in a free and fair manner.

“If at all we want ODMs election in picking our flag bearer to be fair and free as well as practicing democracy then there are somearticles in the ODM party’s constitution need to be amended,” he proposed.

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