ODM divided over Nkaissery appointment
03 December 2014, 14:23
Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM is divided over the appointment of Kajiado Central Mp Joseph Nkaissery to cabinet.
Nkaissery was appointed Tuesday by president Uhuru Kenyatta as the new Interior Cabinet Secretary after the sacking of the hapless Joseph Ole Lenku.
The MP has yet to state whether he will officially take up the position, having already on a number of occasions insisted that he will first consult his people and his party.
It is however understood that there is division within the party and the larger CORD coalition over whether the former army general should quit his seat in ODM and accept the new role.
According to some MPs Tuesday who spoke to News24, there was happiness in the fact that he had been chosen despite being a member of the opposition, but also the realization that he would in essence have been poached by the Jubilee coalition.
And sources also intimated that party leader Raila Odinga was mixed over the development.
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" There is a mixed feeling within ODM. Some feel that it is a good thing for the opposition, while others on the other hand think it is a sinister move by the ruling coalition, a source close to former PM Raila Odinga said.
It is yet to be known whether there will be a meeting between the MP and Orange House to talk about the issue.
Nkaissery is known for his disciplinarian tactics and for being straightforward and is an asset for ODM in the Maasai region, which pushed for Raila's presidency in the 2013 General Election.
" Its a tricky one because once he moves upstairs he ceases to be a person ODM can rely on, whilst on the other hand, on the ground he is a person they can depend on. It is difficult to see where this one will go, political analyst Michael Njenga says.
A decision from Nkaissery is expected in the coming days as the country grapples with insecurity and a lack of confidence in the country's security agencies.
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