Sirisia MP says he is ready to ditch ODM
10 November 2014, 08:09
Bungoma - The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party seems to be headed to the rocks in Bungoma County, after the sole party MP from the region announced that he is ready to ditch the party.
Sirisia MP John Waluke, who is also the County ODM chairman said he will work with the Jubilee government for the sake of development in his region, and appealed to the county residents to do the same.
“As a representative of the people in Sirisia, I will not just watch as my people suffer because we are in opposition. We shall not continue suffering since independence because we are in the opposition," Waluke said at a fundraising that was presided over by Deputy President William Ruto.
“I have said come what may, I will support the government of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. I was elected by my people of Sirisia and as a leader it’s upon me to ensure there is development. And development comes with supporting the government of the day," he said, at the function that was also attended by among others Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka and Senator Moses Wetang’ula.
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The legislator at the same time asked the county residents not to listen to unnamed leaders who are asking them not to support the government, noting that the leaders have no interest of the people at heart.
“Our Bukusu community has lagged behind since independence because we have always been allied to the opposition. For the first time we should also consider working with the government and see how things pan out," the lawmaker said.
His sentiments come days after ODM party leader Raila Odinga announced that the party's top organ will soon crack the whip on rebel MPs.
It will be interesting to watch what steps and disciplinary action the party will take on the outspoken Sirisia legislator, who is also the top party official in Bungoma County.
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