NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23 – Budalangi Member of Parliament Ababu Namwamba has described the newly re-launched Labour Party of Kenya as issue based as it will deal with matters affecting Kenyans like poor transportation and improve industrialization.
Speaking during the ceremony, the legislator who is its leader stated that the party will be anchored on institutional identity defined by clear policies.
He indicated that focus will not be on an individual but will be all inclusive with equal opportunities and further stated that it is the party that will stand firm and push for issues that have long been swept under the rug.
“The Labour Party has special pedigree. 18 years of existence with clear, lucid ideological identity of social democracy with special attention on interests of workers. From the elite attorney in Nairobi to the flower worker in Naivasha, to the security guards and the nurse, they are all at home in Labour,” he stated.
Journalist David Makali will be the Secretary General and Julia Ojiambo has retained the post of party Chairperson.
Namwamba described it as a party which will promote equity in pay and just, fair value for every ounce of labour rendered.
“This is the Party that will generate policy and legislative proposals to promote equity in pay and just, fair value for every ounce of labour rendered. It will be no easy task in our man-eat-man society,–(but who are we?)- We are up to the challenge,” he said.
Namwamba stated that for a political party to serve better it doesn’t have to swallow other parties for the illusion of growing bigger.
“It only needs to grow a bigger vision and better ideas. You never see the CCM devouring CHADEMA, or ANC attempting to swallow the Democratic Alliance. They simply dominate by superior ideology. Not through illusions of grandeur and size.”
He stated that the party will offer a platform to all Kenyans where everyone will benefit from it.
“We in the Labour Party are offering a Kenya where, no matter who the President is; all Kenyans will be invited to share in the succulent meat their political affiliations notwithstanding. A Kenya where leaders are honest and do not have to sink to the level of lying in the name of the dead to score momentary cheap political points,” he stated.
The Labour Party of Kenya has recently been hyped as the “Third Force” and came even after ODM threatened to expel 13 politicians who have proved not to be toeing the party’s line.
Namwamba resigned on Wednesday, July 7, 2016 as the Secretary General of ODM and complained that leader Raila Odinga had ignored the Western Kenya region.