, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 15 – The Orange Democratic Movement’s Secretary General Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o says he will not defend his seat in the forthcoming party elections.
Nyong’o who served two terms as the party’s spokesman said he will not offer his candidature during the February 28 National Delegates Convention where various positions in the party hierarchy will be contested.
“I will not offer my candidature for election. I urge those aspiring for this post to be civil in their campaigns, conscious of the party constitution and its policies, and always ready to prioritise strengthening of the party above individual ambition,” Nyong’o said in a statement.
He however said he will be available to contribute to the ideals of the party even though he will not be in its leadership structures.
“In or outside the formal structures of the party leadership I will always contribute to the democratic struggle and the Third Liberation. In that regard I see myself spending more time on policy issues for our party and CORD, and deepening collaboration between CORD and civil society on ideas, policies and programmes for inclusive politics and national development under a devolved system of government,” he said. (ODM is a constituent party of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy – CORD).
At the same time former Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende has also announced that he will not vie for any seat during the party NDC.
Marende said he has decided to take a break from hard knuckle politics until 2015, after which he will announce his next step.
He assured the party that he will continue to subscribe to all its ideologies.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is the Party Leader welcomed the decision by Marende and urged him to remain steadfast in the party.
“Marende had elevated the position of the Speaker and what is happening today is terribly regrettable. But we wish him well during his two year break from active politics,” Odinga said.