Raila convinces Magerer to stay at ODM
12 November 2014, 13:47
Nairobi - No one will touch Magerer Lang'at says Orange Democratic Movement ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Lang'at has been under increasing pressure to leave the party and his position at Executive Director in recent weeks following allegations that he is a mole of the ruling Jubilee coalition.
He has also been accused of running party affairs in a demeaning manner.
But Raila, speaking Tuesday, said that he does not see reason to kick out Lang'at and called him a friend and a close ally.
" Magerer is going nowhere, Raila said in Kericho Tuesday evening.
He said that the current disciplinary proceedings will not be tailored to kick out a person of high value to the party.
" We all know what he has done for the party and we appreciate that. I also know that he is a loyal servant of the party and he is a true friend of mine, so he will stay.
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According to reports, Raila has spoken to the embattled former Kipkellion MP and it is understood that he has convinced him to stay at the party.
" He spoke to him personally and also used Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba and others to reach out to him and he will stay," a source close to the former Prime Minister said.
Lang'at had also said that he would not be afraid of defending his position at the party and that he would fight tooth and nail to keep his position intact.
" I have been in this party long enough and I will not be cowed by persons with selfish interests," he said of the move by activist Wafula Buke last week to take over his position.
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