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ODM launches relief service

21 May 2015, 18:14 William Korir

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM has launched a relief service for Kenyans in distress.

The party says that the service will be to help raise money for Kenyans suffering from various problems such as displacement, floods and other issues.

The party launched the service Thursday at Orange House in Nairobi.

Deputy Party leader Ali Hassan Joho, who is also the Mombasa Governor stated that the move will help Kenyans who are in distress and lack direct help from the government get some relief.

"We intend to stand in solidarity with Kenyans in distress wherever they are and whenever we can within our limited means," he said.

" We will always bear in mind the words of the party leader that in times of tragedy, there is no opposition and there is no government. We will stand as members of one Kenyan family," he added.

The relief service will use the Mpesa pay-bill number 673673 to take donations.

Below is the full statement from Joho.


There can be no denying that the country is struggling with unprecedented cases of instability and destabilization across the country today.

Terrorism and the war on terror, conflicts between communities over resources like water and pastures and cattle rustling have left many people struggling to get along day by day. Add to these the high and ever rising cost of commodities and services like school fees, unga, rent, milk, among other things and we have a clear picture why Kenyans are clearly feeling pushed to the wall and left on their own. The problem of displacement through insecurity began immediately after elections the elections in 2013. Fighting erupted almost everywhere; in Bungoma, Teso, parts of the Coast, Tana River, Turkana, Marsabit and many other places, destroying life and property and pushing more people into poverty. Last week, the Party Leader Hon Raila Odinga visited Baringo, which is one of the flash points when it comes to cattle rustling and inter-communal conflict over resources. 

The Party Leader came back from Baringo with heart breaking tales of suffering, neglect and feeling of betrayal by fellow Kenyans in the area.Teachers in the few working schools have been forced to also host displaced children in their own homes at their own expense. The few operational schools have become homes to the displaced communities and the few livestock they have salvaged from endless raids. There is sickness as a result of people eating poisoned seeds. 

Many abandoned homes in Baringo have been vandalized and many families will have to start from scratch if and when peace returns to the region. Many families have lost all their livestock which are usually the only property the people in Baringo own.The tales from Baringo are easily replicated in many other parts of the country where fighting is off and on; from Kapedo to Narok, Baragoi to Marsabit, Garissa to Tana River to Mombasa. The list is endless.

For some time, we in ODM, the largest party in the country, have been asking ourselves what we can do on our own, to help alleviate the pain Kenyans are going through. We have been thinking of how we can go beyond just saying pole and help alleviate the suffering in more practical ways. Baringo seems to be the stroke that broke the camel’s back. The Party Leader called me from the ground and challenged me to find out what we can do.

Luckily, a prayer group that has also been meeting here in Orange House to pray, that is the Peace and Reconciliation Movement, has also been asking itself the same question. We agreed to work together and launch a relief service, hence this event today. We are not in competition with the government. We are in partnership. While we intend to make Baringo our first stop, it will not be our last stop. We intend to stand in solidarity with Kenyans in distress wherever they are and whenever we can within our limited means.

We will always bear in mind the words of the party leader that in times of tragedy, there is no opposition and there is no government. We will stand as members of one Kenyan family. We need items like exercise books, text books, foodstuff, building materials like iron sheets and poles, mosquito nets, drugs, etc. And we need money. We will retain Orange House as the collection point for materials. But we have also launched a number through which people can send money directly into the relief kitty. THE NUMBER IS 673673. It is ready to receive your donation now.

Let us stand up for fellow Kenyans. Standing up for each other in times of distress is our tradition. And I want all of you to know that we are dealing with a very urgent situation and ever changing situation. 

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