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Simba Arati to take on Odinga for ODM party leader

27 February 2014, 21:41 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Dagoretti North MP, Simba Arati has vowed to take on former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's bid to retain the party leadership position of Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) during the February 28 elections.

Arati held that ODM values democracy and allows any member to vie for any position of his interest noting that Odinga should be ready to support him upon defeat as he is also ready to stand with him.

"The ODM party leader, Raila Odinga has contributed a lot to the history of this nation, hence my move to vie for the position, is bring in youthful leadership and give him ample time to rest," said Arati.

"ODM remains a formidable peoples' party that has solutions to economic constraints such as high taxation on essential commodities, rising cases of tender fraud among others caused by Jubilee government ," he added.

He lashed out claims that the party already has a drafted list of endorsed aspirants to be voted in respective positions by delegates. Arati confirmed that the party's electorate has received names of aspirants to be elected democratically without any influence from ODM's top brass.

"Odinga is not involved in the alleged endorsement of ODM's next leaders but he is sleepless and devising ways of defeating his strongest opponent, Simba Arati," he stated.

Arati challenged ODM's 'enemies' that they will be surprised to see the party emerging more strong after the elections contrary to their wishes of seeing it dividing.

He vowed to be in forefront with his constituency's local administrators to fight the rising consumption of illicit brews that is killing many people.

"I have liaised with police officers and other local administrators in  my constituency to assist fight chang'aa consumption among other brews killing many people," Arati said.

He stated that he is going to launch his foundation to assist in supporting funeral expenses to his constituents by providing financial aid of KES 100 000 for burial.

Arati was speaking on a local radio station on the progress of ODM elections.        

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