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There are many joy riders in CORD, claims ex-MP

18 May 2015, 07:44 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Coalition for reforms and Democracy (CORD) is facing rebellion in Bungoma County after a former gubernatorial candidate, Alfred Khang'ati accused the Coalition Principal, Raila Odinga of entertaining many joy riders, something he said has reduced ODM's popularity in the country.

Speaking during a meeting with the County Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) delegates at a Bungoma hotel on Sunday, Khang'ati claimed that he had withdrawn his support for Odinga after he openly drummed up support for the Ford Kenya party leader, Moses Wetang'ula's senatorial bid during the 2013 general election and failed to recognize him as a candidate.

He said Cord is working with other parties which are ODM rivals, and its leadership tends to overlook the genuine ODM supporters and lean on their enemies.

"Odinga is not a genuine leader. In 2013 at Posta grounds, he openly campaigned for Wetang'ula, the current Bungoma Senator and never even mentioned my name as a gubernatorial candidate despite being reminded by my supporters who were waving placards bearing my name. That is why I won't support him or Cord," he said.

Khang'ati says that his supporters reminded him to just even mention his name but he ignored them and used the five minutes calling on Bungoma residents to vote in Wetang'ula as their Senator.

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"I have sacrificed a lot for Cord but its top leaders dumped me and seem to have some selected individuals in their mind whom they want to ascend to power, but God is not mean. I will remain in ODM but will not be part and parcel of Cord affairs," confirmed Khang'ati.

The former internal and security assistant minister said that he played a vital role in popularizing Cord in Bungoma County at a time when there was resistance from its inhabitants who mostly believed in the local Ford Kenya and New Ford Kenya parties.

The former Kanduyi lawmaker who was defeated by New Ford Kenya's gubernatorial candidate in 2013, Kenneth Lusaka, claims that he is now rejuvenated and will use all machineries to emerge the winner in 2017.

"Am now laying my strategies as an ODM candidate. I will make sure that I emerge the winner in 2017 because residents have seen for themselves how the current governor is misusing the public resources and dishing out jobs to his kins and allies," he said.

Bungoma ODM chairman, Maj. John Waluke called on the party supporters to popularize the party by selling its agenda on the ground.

"We are going to start rallies in each of the nine sub-counties to ensure that we register and get enough numbers to ensure that we have a say in the national bargaining power," he said.

The Sirisia legislator dismissed claims that he had ditched ODM and was working with the Jubilee administration saying it was propaganda.

"Am only friendly to the government of the day. That is the only way I will succeed in helping my area in terms of development. We have been marginalized during the last regime but it's time we became closer to the government for survival." Waluke said.

During the meeting, Waluke and the County ODM Secretary, Majimbo Okumu who is also the Bungoma County Assembly majority leader, forgave each other after months of bad blood and vowed to work together in popularizing the party.

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