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Tharaka-Nithi ODM call for restructuring

07 March 2012, 11:36 Tony Ndung'u Karomo

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The Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) Tharaka-Nithi County delegates have demanded the party to restructure national party organs to make them responsive in addressing the needs of the party members and make them representative.

Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi who sought the delegates support for his party presidential nomination bid said ODM must make democracy “accessible” to the majority of party members who are women and youth.

Mudavadi said ODM does not belong to a person or community but to the members who must be allowed to make decisions in a democratic manner.

The DPM reiterated that painting him a ‘project’ of others will not sell among the genuinely elected party delegates who have the intelligence and capacity the truth from political propaganda.

“Painting me a project is a political propaganda used by some to penetrate some regions to seek support. I am confident that such propaganda will not influence your decision in choosing the party flag bearer”, he told the 120 delegates.

Led by their County chairman Kariuki Njeru, the grassroots leaders called for disbandment of ODM Elections Board and its reconstitution a fresh with people who represent counties and establishment of elections appeals board for adjudication of elections dispute.

“You cannot have a board that conducts elections at the same time listens to appeals yet not all regions are represented”, they said in a resolution.

The delegates said some of the party structures have turned into a burden that will spoil the party’s chances of achieving the objective of taking the leadership of the country so as to implement policies it believed in for the betterment of Kenyans.

Speaking on Sunday during the County ODM delegates meeting in Chuka town, when they declared support Mudavadi for the party presidential nominee, they said the Orange party must clean the party headquarters if it wants to gain support countrywide.

“The party must clean the Orange House. We must disband, restructure and reconstitute elections board and establish elections appeal board to solve elections disputes”, said Kariuki adding ODM do not belong to any single individual.

The County chairman termed the elections board as an organ constituting of cartels that will ruin the party.

 “At first we asked ourselves why there is no any other person seeking presidency in ODM but now your candidature has opened the window that ODM do not belong to an individual. Do go ahead with your push and we shall support you to be the ODM party presidential nominee”, said Jotham Muthengi Tharaka sub-branch chairman.

Mudavadi also received unanimous support from Chuka and Meru south councilors led by Cllr. John Mbabu Mayor, municipal council of Chuka and Cllr. Leysbeth Gatira Mbae chairperson Meru South county council.

The civic leaders who met the DPM on the sidelines of the delegates meeting said though not members of ODM it is only making time waiting for Mudavadi’s nomination as the party flag bearer to join the party to campaign and vote for him.

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