, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6 – Imenti Central lawmaker Gitobu Imanyara declared on Thursday that he would contest the next general election on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket, dumping Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) which sponsored him to Parliament in 2007.
Imanyara, who is eyeing the Meru Senate seat said that he believed ODM was the party with the best policies for the country and its posterity.
“My joy is to be here today and confirm my new home. As I said when I got endorsed by the leadership of the larger Meru County, I will seek the position of Senator in the next election,” he said at Orange House, the ODM headquarters.
Imanyara has previously been in Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s presidential campaign lobby, Friends of Raila (FORA), but left citing too many forces seeking control of the PM’s presidential campaign.
Imanyara and his team were received by ODM Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o and Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba.
Nyong’o used the occasion to affirm that the coalition agreement between ODM, Wiper Democratic Movement and Ford Kenya was open to include more parties including Charity Ngilu’s NARC which already has a Memorandum of Understanding with ODM.
“Our coalition agreement has a specific clause that says that the coalition welcomes other parties and when they join the terms of this coalition the agreement will change to accommodate new members,” he said adding that all the other parties had pacts with the principal partners.
NARC is curiously not listed among parties that deposited coalition agreements with the Registrar of Political Parties despite Ngilu’s presence at the signing ceremony.
Also joining ODM was Bishop Lawrence Bomett from Nakuru who left the United Republican Party (URP) and will be contesting the position of governor in Nakuru County.
He disclosed that he had received blessings from elders in his Kalenjin community in his quest to lead the county.
The Orange party also received a delegation from New Ford Kenya from Trans Nzoia County led by Bishop Godfrey Shiundu.
Bishop Shiundu said ODM and the newly formed Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) were like the biblical Noah’s ark that saved humanity from drowning.
ODM is set to hold its National Delegates Conference on Friday where the delegates are expected to endorse the candidature of party leader Raila Odinga.