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ODM moves in to quell infighting at County branch

29 September 2014, 09:20 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has moved in to save its face from the infighting that has bedeviled Bungoma County branch as the party Chairman and the Secretary wash their dirty linen in public.

Over the weekend, ODM Executive Director Magerer Lagat convened an improptu meeting at Elegant Hotel in Bungoma involving all party leaders from the nine constituencies ostensibly to quell the infighting among the County leaders where they were holed up in an indoor meeting.

The party County Chairman, Maj. John Waluke did not attend the meeting but Lang’at said he had sent an apology because he was away on an official state duty.

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Earlier, Secretary Okumu Majimbo had accused the Sirisia Mp who is also the only ODM Mp in Bungoma County of failing to convene branch meetings for members to see how the party is fairing on.

Majimbo who is also the Bungoma County Assembly Majority Leader had earlier convened a meeting with all branch chairmen and youth leader George Barasa where they gave Waluke two weeks ultimatum to convene the meeting failure to which he would be stripped of his position and expelled out of the party.

“We don’t know the party position or how it is fairing on because our Chairman is engaged in working with the government yet we are in opposition. He has also failed to tell whether he supports the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) Okoa Kenya referendum push,” Majimbo said.

Waluke has publicly supported Eric Wambasi and accused Majimbo of working with Ford Kenya leaders to sabotage ODM in the County.

However, while addressing the press, Lagat dismissed the allegation that there were leadership wrangles within the party in Bungoma County adding that the meeting was purely meant for housekeeping and to train its leaders so that they can strengthen the party in the area.

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“This meeting is purely for training our leaders to understand their roles and there is nothing like  disputes; we are just sensitizing the grassroots leaders on how they should approach the Okoa Kenya referendum push as we plan to launch it in the county,” said Lagat.

The Director said that as the party top brass, both Hon Waluke and Majimbo are the Bungoma County leaders and there is no other leader that the party knows apart from the duo.

He said that they were planning to review the political act so that other parties can be recognized for their roles in shaping the country's leadership prospective.

“We are pushing for the Okoa Kenya plebiscite so that the things currently facing Kenyans are addressed. If there is any infighting we won't manage to offer our oversight role and as opposition we would have failed Kenyans,” he said.

He challenged the party leaders to be active to ensure that ODM sells on the ground in preparation for the 2017 general elections.

However, Majimbo the Khalaba Ward MCA refuted the claims that they were meeting to discuss the party leadership wrangles in the County saying those were instead meetings aimed at educating party leaders on their rights and roles.

“We are meeting here to educate our party leaders on their rights and roles and not discussing party wrangles; we will cross the bridge when we reach there,” said Majimbo.

Present at the meeting also was the County Assembly Deputy Speaker Jane Chebet who is also the Cheptais Ward MCA.

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