The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is preparing for the 2022 general elections despite the hiccups that have bedevilled the Building Bridges Initiative, party secretary for political affairs Opiyo Wandayi has said.
Wandayi, who is also the Ugunja Member of Parliament said the ODM leadership was eagerly waiting for the determination of the appeal whose verdict will be delivered on 20th August 2021 by the Court of Appeal.
He was speaking at Bar Atheng’ primary school grounds in Ugunja during the funeral service of Florence Aluodo.
The deceased was a Siaya politician who vied for the Woman Representative position during the last general elections.
“We are still focused on the BBI. We are eagerly waiting for the determination on the 20th August 2021 and even as we wait for the court’s decision, we are preparing ourselves for 2022,” said the legislator who is also the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in the National Assembly.
Wandayi reiterated the commitment of ODM to conduct free and transparent nominations ahead of next year’s elections.
The legislator at the same time told unnamed Siaya politician to apologise to ODM leader, Raila Odinga and the public for being behind chaos and heckling that rocked the burial of former Gem MP, Jakoyo Midiwo last weekend.
Wandayi said that Siaya will not condone dirty politics, adding that local politicians must engage in mature politics.
“I want to ask whoever was responsible for the mess and chaos in Gem in the presence of our party leader to come out and apologise publicly to the people of Siaya and to Raila,” he said.
The funeral service was also attended by immediate former police spokesman, Charles Owino who urged Siaya residents not to allow politics to divide the community.
Owino, who has expressed interest in the Siaya gubernatorial seat come the next general elections said nobody will be imposed on the electorate adding that the will of the people will be respected by the ODM.
The late Aluodo, 42 years, leaves behind a widower and three children.