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Raila’s Communication Director quits ODM party

15 October 2012, 11:43 Roggers Momata

A press statement released early on Thursday by Raila’s ODM Chief Campaign Manager Eliud Owalo stated, “This is to let you know that Barrack Muluka has now relinquished his position as the National Director of Communications at the secretariat, on a pre-negotiated understanding at the time of his engagement in February 2012.”

According to Owalo, Muluka was released from his position in order to allow him further his studies abroad in the University of Leicester in the UK. He categorically stated that he indeed had ambitions of undertaking doctorate studies in politics and International Relations as part of his professional interests. “Muluka still remain as part of our ODM life member and we hereby wish him all the best in his endeavors,” said Owalo.

Muluka who doubles up as a publishing editor and a social and political commentator, joined Orange Democratic (ODM) party  in early March this year to assist in paving the way forward for the Party’s Chairman on the best formula to adopt ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

However, further conflicting reports leading into his resignation indicate that Muluka hasn’t been reading from the same script with the Party’s Chairman among other members. He is said to have committed several faults on several occasions while in his position as Raila Odinga’s spokesman. A source revealed that Muluka intentionally made needless blunders in the Prime Minister’s campaign team which put him with other members in bad-tempered relations.

 “The main reason as to why he resigned from his position is because he opted to refrain from causing further damage to the party and therefore, it was a good way of sidelining himself,” a source insisted.

Being a graduate from the top-ranked University of Nairobi, with a Bachelors degree in Linguistics, Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communications and Masters degree in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies, Muluka is a regular opinion leader on BBC, VOA AND RFI among other local radio and television columnist such as the Standard, the Daily Nation and Nairobi Law Monthly among others, would he plausibly publish a memoir seeking to reveal the experiences he had in the capacity he served in the party? Well, just a gesture relating to the Premier’s former personal advisor; Miguna Miguna.

Whatever the reason that might have led to his resignation, we do consider it a responsible action given the fact that he is a conflict and peace research consultant working with the UNDP Kenya and with the Institute for Security Studies  as well as a media and communications adviser for the Kenya Institute of Management.

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