ODM cracks the whip on Dalmas Otieno
09 April 2014, 17:40
Migori - Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Migori branch has resolved to terminate Rongo MP, Dalmas Otieno's membership in the party.
In a letter dated Monday April 7, 2014 and signed by Rongo sub-branch secretary, George Obuya after a meeting of party officials, Dalmas was relieved of his party membership and county delegate portfolio.
The meeting was attended by party chairmen from the eight sub counties. Otieno was also removed from being a county executive member of the party.
“Already, we have written to the Orange House and forwarded our request to have him thrown out,” Joseph Olala, party branch secretary said.
The ODM party in the county and South Nyanza region was thrown into a spin after Otieno said that he was ready to break ranks with the party and vie for presidency.
The decision has created mixed reaction in a section of ODM leaders in the county as others said they will follow Otieno if he lived to his threats.
However, Nyanza ODM party coordinator Ochieng Ruku, a political activist Joseph Onyango Ngare and Rongo Organizing Secretary Osinda Mito opposed the move.
They said Otieno was not behind the wrangles that have rocked the party in the recent past.
Ruku said ODM was a national party that represented all people and that it had a democratic space where people with divergent opinions could be accommodated.
“ODM is a national party that stands for democracy and those who feel that anyone who shows discontent with the party leadership is wrong should learn to be accommodative,” Ruku said.
The leader maintained that if the new party will come with better policies than ODM, then it will be welcomed in the region.
Ngare on his part said it was not wise for ODM MPs and other leaders to criticize the Rongo MP over a party that they do not know.
“Otieno never blundered by expressing his disappointment over the manner he was told to withdraw his candidature for the position of secretary general in which he had shown interest and those against his move should find a way of maintaining unity instead of criticizing his progression,” Ngare said.
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