The ODM will not conduct joint nominations with friendly parties in areas it dominates -SG Edwin Sifuna

ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna

“ODM will not negotiate with other friendly political parties to conduct joint nominations in its strongholds,” Sifuna said when he met party delegates in Trans-Nzoia county

By David Musundi in Kitale

The Orange Democratic Movement ODM will not enter into a political pact with friendly parties to conduct a joint nomination of candidates within its strongholds. ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said the move is to lock out some political parties from infiltrating its dominant regions.

Citing Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties where ODM has a high number of follows, Sifuna ruled out the possibility to negotiate for a joint nomination. “ODM will not negotiate with other friendly political parties to conduct joint nominations in its strongholds,” Sifuna said when he met party delegates in Trans-Nzoia county. He told friendly parties to keep off ODM’s strongholds adding the party will not also intrude on their regions.

“We know our strongholds and we would not like other parties with no backing in such areas to seek joint nominations,” he said. He said ODM party leader Raila Odinga is getting overwhelming support in the Mt Kenya region and is ready to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Sifuna said the growing popularity of ODM leader Raila Odinga in the Mt Kenya region has caused panic among its competitors particularly Deputy President Dr William Ruto

Sifuna said the growing popularity of ODM leader Raila Odinga in the Mt Kenya region has caused panic among its competitors particularly Deputy President Dr William Ruto. “The presidency quest of our leader Raila Odinga has been accepted in Mt Kenya and our rivals have started to panic.

Raila Odinga is a leader that the country will be safe,” he said. He scoffed at DP for linking ODM to the Kondele incident where his convoy was pelted with stones arguing it was stage-managed. “It was all staged managed and it is wrong for the DP to link ODM leadership to the incident,” said Sifuna.

The secretary General dismissed claims by the OKA team that ODM leadership is dishonest. “The claims that ODM is dishonest are pure lies. Who between ODM and OKA is dishonest? We are working with Jubilee and there are no complaints of dishonesty,” he said. Sifuna who visited the county ahead of Raila’s tour of the area faulted the local party leaders of squabbling for leadership. Sifuna announced that the party has suspended funding to the branch until the wrangles are solved. He said there is no way the party would fund programmes of the branch when the leaders are jostling for power. “I have suspended funding to the branch until the leadership wrangles are resolved, it is unfortunate that two or three people claim one position.

 I have given you one week to solve the issue,” he said. During a recent party election, two camps emerged one led by Patrick Musungu, the long-serving branch chairman while Saboti MP Caleb Amisi led another group. Musungu however has agreed to deputize Amisi but the women Rep and Youth leader positions remain disputed.

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