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Showdown in ODM over top posts

07 October 2013, 17:01

Kisumu - A fierce battle pitting the younger generation and the old guard is looming in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ahead of the oncoming delegates’ elections.

This follows party leader Raila Odinga's defeat in the Presidential elections that were held earlier this year, a setback the younger generation blamed on the old guard.

The young leaders have vowed to take the leadership challenge because they believe that the old leaders in the party were also responsible for Odinga's defeat in 2007.

“Let the old guard prepare for a major challenge in the coming party elections. I am sure I will clinch the (secretary general) position in a free election and I urge the delegates to elect leaders of their choice,” said Kisumu Central MP, Ken Obura, while addressing Jua Kali artisans in his constituency.

The current party Secretary General, Anyang Nyong’o, whose position has been threatened by the youthful MPs, overlooked such sentiment stating that the party’s rules on vying for positions did not discriminate contenders on the basis of age, gender, religion and other factors.

He was not committal as to whether he will seek reinstatement during the intra-party elections but assured Odinga of his support in 2017.

- CAJ News

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