Wanjiru: I am no longer in ODM
10 October 2014, 18:08
Nairobi - Former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru has said she is no longer a member of the Orange Democratic Party ODM.
The now 'free agent' Wanjiru says she quit the party in 2012 after she was dropped from the party's Nairobi gubernatorial race in the March 2013 General Elections.
She says that instead of the party standing with her during that time, she was sidelined and that was despite years of working hard to keep the party and its image intact.
Wanjiru spoke Friday during the graduation ceremony for the St Paul's University in Limuru where she graduated with a degree in Theology.
She spoke painfully about her last days in ODM but says she has forgiven all and is seeking to move on and find another party.
" I am no longer in ODM. I quit ages ago. Its been nearly two years since I quit the party", she said.
Wanjiru recounted her bitter final days in the party.
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" I was treated like an outsider by the party when it mattered to me. I stood with the party through thick and thin. I was there when battles needed to be fought but at my time of need I was left out", she said.
She said that during the run-up to the General Elections, the party did not take a stance as regards here qualifications, of which she says she had legitimate ones (Governors must have read to degree level) and that the party simply leaned towards current Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.
" They did not support me. I was simply left to my own devices and that hurt badly, especially after all I had done for the party", she added.
And even though here son Stephen Kariuki is member of parliament for Mathare under ODM, she insists her support is over.
" I left and will not return. I wish him (Stephen) the best. He is my blood and I advise him, but he is his own man and I am grateful for that", she added.
As for her future plans, she says they are still open.
" I am open to joining any party and will shop around for one in due course. I still feel that I have something to give Kenyans, she finished.
During the March 2013 elections, Wanjiru contested for the seat of Nairobi Senator, losing heavily to Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
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