Senator Khaniri warns leaders leaving ODM
11 July 2016, 12:39
Nairobi - Vihiga Senator George Khaniri has warned leaders from Western Kenya of their growing mass exodus from Orange Democratic Movement party.
Khaniri said the leaders are giving Jubilee an early Christmas gift because going their separate way won’t help solve problems within ODM or outside it.
He noted some leaders must learn to sacrifice their ambitions for a better country.
“In 2002, when the country was suffocating under bad leadership, some people like Raila Odinga, George Saitoti, Kijana Wamalwa, and Charity Ngilu tamed their ambitions and supported Mwai Kibaki who ushered in a completely new era,” he said.
He added, “Already, the country is suffering from poor leadership by the Jubilee government, yet leaders are busy dividing the country more from their political party divisions. If we sing different songs we are only creating a soft landing spot for jubilee.”
He spoke at Mutave Friends Church in North Maragoli ward, Vihiga County, during a funds drive.
Deputy Speaker Richard Muhiga, and MCAs Andrew Ahuga and Vennah Kaisha attended the event.
The Senator said leaders from Western who have already declared their bids to contest for presidency in next elections should shelve their ambitions and join Opposition leader Raila Odinga to form a formidable force.
“If Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang’ula and Cyrus Jirongo join Raila, he may decide to support one of them to contest for the presidency. If they are not ready to use their common senses, it will be my duty to hammer some sense into their heads,” he said.
Khaniri suggested for leaders from Western to rally behind Mudavadi who in turn will hold talks with Raila and the two to decide whom to front for presidency.
He noted that if current crop of leaders from the entire Western and Nyanza regions don’t unite to form a force that can eject Jubilee from leadership, they should forget it altogether and retire from politics.
He said the growing disquiet within ODM is a cleverly orchestrated move to confuse the people from Western Kenya for the benefit of Jubilee government.
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