ODM chairman ousted for 'flirting' with Jubilee
07 March 2016, 09:26
Vihiga - Sirisia Member of Parliament, John Waluke has been ousted as the Bungoma County Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Chairman and replaced by Maraka Ward MCA, Ali Mutoka.
During a meeting held in a Bungoma town hotel, the branch delegates made a decision to kick out Waluke and replace him with Mutoka for allegedly working with the Jubilee government.
During the meeting, delegates endorsed Mutoka who is also the Bungoma County Assembly minority leader to take charge of the party's affairs in the County.
After his endorsement, Mutoka promised to revamp ODM and make it stronger by recruiting more members in the County.
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"I know we are facing resistance from our partners in Coalition for Reforms and Democracy CORD) but that will not deter us from succeeding," said Mutoka.
He accused the outgoing Chairman of propagating Jubilee ideologies instead of supporting ODM which elected him to Parliament.
"He has been flirting with Jubilee and leaving us in the cold; that is the reason we have kicked him out. He can continue working with Jubilee because he is a sellout," said Mutoka.
The County ODM Secretary, Majimbo Okumu applauded the replacement saying it was long overdue.
"I gave them a go ahead to make changes. I am just waiting for the deliberations so that I can notify the party headquarters the changes we have made as a branch," said Majimbo.
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However, Bungoma County ODM Deputy Secretary General George Barasa dismissed the purported ouster as a waste of time and called on his fellow leaders to follow the laid down rules.
"No ODM official from Orange House gave them a go ahead to conduct any changes; those doing so are self seeking leaders who don't support the party. Waluke is still our County Chairman," said Barasa.
Last week, the ODM party leader Raila Odinga met delegates in Bungoma County but refused to talk about Waluke's conduct. He asked the delegates to be patient until the MP comes back from Europe where he had gone on official duty so that they can deliberate the way forward.
Efforts to get Waluke's comment were futile because his phone was switched off.
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