Will Raila convince rebel MPs on ODM future?
18 November 2014, 17:36
Nairobi - ODM leader Raila Odinga has a hard task at hand, that of convincing his growing list of rebels it is a party of the future.
Dissent within the party is at an all time high, with MPs and other leaders openly going against party policy and opinion on several maters including the referemdum and other aspects of party leadership.
The botched elections in February are also a matter of concern.
Then there is the issue of the deposed Executive Director Magerer Lang'at who was supported by many in the view that Raila should step aside for the sake of the party and allow new leadership.
And with talk of coastal party members as well as those from Luhya land seeking directions to start a new party, Raila will attempt to convince them otherwise.
He has called an urgent National General Council NGC meeting next week to solve issues he says are not detrimental to the future of the party but must be solved.
" The party is not on its deathbed," he said.
" We will be meeting next week to discuss a number of issues, which includes the matter of the botched party and grassroots elections," he added.
All members of the party have been invited for the meeting which is expected to focus alot on the demands of party members regarding the elections.
Led by Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba, they have wanted fresh elections all year and even threatened to leave the party if not done.
According to sources, he will get his election wish.
" The elections will be done by the end of the year or early January. That was a promise by the party leader earlier in the year and it will be heeded, the source said.
The NGC comprises the National Executive Council, the Parliamentary
Group, the party’s county chairpersons, the secretariat, and the youth
and women leagues.
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