, BUSIA, Kenya, Jun 27 – Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party Leader Raila Odinga has convened a National Executive Committee meeting Wednesday to deliberate issues raised by Party Secretary General Ababu Namwamba and a section of ODM lawmakers from Western region.
Addressing a rally in honour of recently detained Busia County Woman Representative Florence Mutua, Odinga said the meeting will allow all the parties a chance to vent out what they feel is going wrong within the party.
- Odinga says Namwamba is still the party SG and he is free to air grievances he feels should be considered.
- Speaking at Busia Stadium during a rally for MPs who were arrested over hate speech remarks, the CORD leader noted that ODM is a democratic party that is open to criticism.
- He says everyone is free to vent out what they feel is going wrong within the party.
He further assured the ODM supporters that Namwamba is still the party Secretary General.
“Those officials who have something in their hearts will have the venue to come out state it and we will have very open and frank discussions,” said Odinga.
Namwamba and National Vice-Chairman Paul Otuoma (Funyula) last week declared their displeasure with the way CORD is conducting its affairs in the region.
Speaking at Busia Stadium Monday during a rally for the MPs who were arrested over hate speech remarks, Odinga further announced that there will be a free and fair party nomination exercise ahead of the coming polls in 2017.
“Those interested to vie for different political seats of MCAs, Senator, Governor, Woman Rep and the Presidency are free to do so but they should give those in the positions chance to do their work until when time comes” said Odinga.
Namwamba and Otuoma led Western Kenya leaders in expressing concern about how CORD was conducting its affairs in Western region, saying they are not always consulted.
The Budalang’i MP last Tuesday broke his months-long silence saying he was very frustrated as Secretary General by forces that were against his rise to the position.
Namwamba who was said his stand against those who are against his style of leadership in the Orange party has led to some claiming that is a ‘mole’ of the ruling Jubilee Coalition.
Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, the ODM Secretary General said he did not want to work in an environment in which he is “merely tolerated”.
Namwamba and Otuoma skipped the rally which was being held in honour of five CORD MPs who were arrested and charged with hate speech remarks.