, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 5 – The row involving ODM Executive Director Magerer Lang’at has thrown the party into disorder after Political Affairs Director Wafula Buke claimed he had taken over in acting capacity, before outgoing Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o dismissed the move.
Buke told a news conference at the party headquarters that he had been asked “to step in” after Magerer failed to report to work since Thursday when MCAs ejected him from the party headquarters.
“My first task as I can see is to assist the disciplinary committee to identify the desperate people who are clinging on the shoulders of our party leader and making it difficult for him to concentrate on saving the country.”
“We shall develop a list of those we know are not serving our cause then either they style up and stay in the house or they go where those who defy the party go,” Buke said after the meeting involving directors in the party’s secretariat.
Moments after Buke addressed the press conference, Nyong’o released a statement saying there were no changes in the party.
“Mr Magerer Lang’at is the Executive Director of the ODM who is currently scheduled to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee as constituted by the NEC yesterday.”
“Any public announcement by any unauthorised person to the contrary will attract appropriate disciplinary action. Mr Wafula Buke’s public announcement today has no bearing on decisions made by the party and he will be dealt with accordingly,” Nyong’o said in a statement to newsrooms.
Buke had during his briefing urged journalists to call CORD leader Raila Odinga to confirm his position, but it was promptly dismissed by Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango.
“The request that Magerer continues leading this party was a slip of the tongue by the Professor (Nyong’o). There was no such thing as getting Magerer to come back here, I am sure if you begged him he will not come back here,” Buke had insisted.
Buke, a political activist who recently came to the limelight after he petitioned MPs to reconstitute the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission got support for Magerer’s position from Nairobi County ODM chairman George Aladwa.
“Magerer is not here and he is not coming back. There is committee investigating his matter. I don’t want to talk about people who are not here, I am here to say that I support Buke for the Executive Director,” Aladwa said.