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ODM reaction underlines Ababu's importance to Raila

21 August 2014, 08:05 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM sought to quickly calm fears that the party is in turmoil by blaming the media for its current woes, but not all were convinced.

Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba and his band of western Kenya leaders have threatened to quit the party if Ababu, who is seeking the Secretary General's post at Orange House is not considered for the role.

The noises out of western Kenya have not helped ODM at all, especially at this time when a planned referendum is in the works.

And so it proved vital that the party calm down fears of a revolt within, even though they were pained to explain the Budalangi MPs utterances over the weekend.

" It was a creation of the media and all fiction, Raila explained Wednesday evening in Nairobi.

" He (Ababu) did not say whatever has been reported by the media. It is all fiction and untrue, he added.

This was despite audio recordings of Ababu castigating Raila for the problems at the party and underlining his doubts over the future of the Luhya community in ODM.

Raila's denials were met by skepticism over the way forward, with the fact that Ababu did not say a thing during the press conference adding to the feeling that all is not well.

" Lets face it, there is a huge problem between Raila and Ababu over the way the party has been run, otherwise we would not be at this points, political analyst Michael Njenga said.

" We have a problem but for me the funny thing was Ababu saying nothing at all, which left more questions than answers, he added.

On the other hand, the fact that Raila reacted quickly to Ababu's disconcertions pointed to him being a valuable member of the team.

" Ababu is the future of the party and Raila coming out to stop any notion that there are problems proves so.

" They do not want to lose such a key player in their party and that sows how important Ababu is, Njenga adds.

With a re-run of party elections now expected before the end of the year, Raila will have a tricky balancing act on his hands, on how to keep both Ababu and his rival for the position Dr Agnes Zani.

" It makes for an interesting time in the coming months, this added to all the talk about a referendum. We will see how it pans out.

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