Raila admits there are issues in ODM
13 November 2014, 14:28
Nairobi - ODM leader Raila Odinga knows the severity of divisions in the party and is looking to deal with them as soon as possible.
The party is at a serious crossroads in several ways, with the younger folk believing they have a right to the higher embers of the party.
Many leaders considered of the younger ilk have broken ranks with the party on several issues which they feel could be handled in a better way.
And there is also the small matter of the party elections that failed to kick off earlier in the year.
In starting a series of party strategy meetings, the ODM leader is looking at ways of bridging the gap between the disillusioned members and the mainstream personalities.
The meetings will start in Homabay over the weekend, where Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has a good and strong following.
Kidero has so far undermined Raila in first of all not supporting the Okoa Kenya referendum campaign and in general working closer to the Jubilee coalition.
" Kidero is a problem for Raila because he commands respect in some parts of Nyanza and he is a key part of the present and future of the party," Michael Njenga, a political analyst says.
" Raila will be looking for ways of taming Kidero and he will be looking to start from the grassroots," Njenga adds.
Others also on the trouble trail are Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba and his band of followers, led by under-fire executive director Magerer Lang'at and Wundanyi MP Gideon Mung'aro.
Raila has already offered an olive branch to them and he expects that they will tow the party line, evidenced by their recent comments.
Party sources though acknowledge that Raila knows he needs to make some changes.
" He admits that there are problems that need to be fixed," a Senator close to Raila that did not want to be named for fear of patronization told News24.
" There are divisions and he knows if he does not work on them soon, the party will collapse and he does not want to see that," the Senator added.
"And with the referendum campaign process reaching its bedlam, there is need to have a united ODM, the Senator finished.
Speaking Wednesday after the latest meeting between persons perceived to be ODM rebels, Ababu denied that they were planning to leave the party, but the fact they are meeting is an issue on its own.
" There is nothing sinister in our meetings. What is wrong with a group of ODM members meeting?, he posed.
Raila it seems, knows.
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