Namwamba lashes out at Raila’s close allies
18 February 2014, 08:21
Kisumu - Budalangi MP, Ababu Namwambatook a swipe at close allies of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga accusing them of failing the ODM leader during the last general elections.
Ababu termed as ‘sickening’ the behavior of most of Odinga’s aides saying their abrasive nature and lack of decorum to woo votes when the party was best placed to assume power contributed to the unexpected dismal performance of the Orange Democratic (ODM) Party during the March 4th 2013 polls.
Namwamba who is vying for ODM Secretary General’s post said those purporting to be close to the former premier were doing him a disservice by misguiding him.
He said the clique bungled the party nominations which played a major setback in consolidating votes because the party Election Board failed to conduct a fair and transparent exercise.
Namwamba was addressing ODM delegates from Kisumu and Siaya Counties at a Kisumu hotel over the weekend where he assured party members that his vision was to rejuvenate the party and ensure that it clinched the leadership of the country..
“I have demonstrated my loyalty and service to the party because I fought for it since its inception in 2006 and my records speak for me,’’ he added.
The Budalangi legislator reiterated that he will fast track recruitment exercise of party members and ensures that youth who have attained 18 years and above get National Identity cards in preparation for 2017 General election.
“We as ODM family must ensure that proper strategies are put in place in preparation for 2017 general elections by finding an amicable way of dealing with the tyranny of numbers,’’ he said.
Namwamba said the forthcoming ODM elections will determine whether the former premier, will ascend to the presidency come 2017 General elections.
“The manner in which the party polls are conducted is what will determine Raila’s fate in 2017 general elections,” he said adding that ODM members must strive to achieve transparency during the elections.
On his part, Turkana County Governor, Josephat Nanok who is vying for the post of the National chairman in the forthcoming ODM party elections urged his colleagues to refrain from issuing reckless statements which can divide ODM along tribal lines.
“ODM is the only party with a majority representation in both Senate and National Assembly and we must be cautious in order to maintain our status especially on how we handle one another in the party,’’ he said.
Nanok promised to ensure that ODM forms the next government should he be elected as the party Chairman.
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