Leadership vacuum at ODM?
22 January 2016, 19:35
Nairobi - Is there a leadership vacuum at ODM?
In the wake of the comments by some MPs who asked for Defence CS Raychelle Omamo and Kenya Defence Forces boss Samson Mwathethe's sacking due to the Somalia attack, the question is, where was the party leadership?
Party leader Raila Odinga is known to rule with an iron fist and so the fact that the MPs could issue such a statement in the aftermath of an attack that saw what is suspected to be hundreds of soldiers killed and others missing points at a problem within the party ranks.
According to ODM Chairman John Mbadi, MPs are allowed to express themselves but must tow a specific stand taken by the party.
" The Party Leader's statement in the wake of the attack asked Kenyans to unite and mourn with the families of the deceased. It also asked that Kenyans support the government in this time, so the statement from the MPs as you can see was not what was meant by the party," he explained.
On whether there had been a particular party position on the matter, Mbadi said "yes".
So why did the MPs come out with a different statement?
" The MPs must have been speaking from a party point of view which is why they were as many as 10 and Mbadi came out alone to deny them," Political Analyst Michael Njenga said.
" The reality is that what Raila says goes and has always been. For the MPs to come out and sing a different tune shows that they either absconded or were not told of a position," he added.
On whether there is a leadership vacuum as a result in the party, Mbadi laughed it off.
" Never on earth," he stated.
Njenga on his part agrees.
" Not at ODM. You either are in or out. There is no middle ground with Raila," he believes.
Make of it what you will.
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