The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has distanced itself from claims that its party leader Raila Odinga has hatched a plot to cause leadership wrangle in the Amani National Congress (ANC).
ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna says the allegations are baseless and should be treated with contempt.
Sifuna spoke amid widening differences in the Musalia Mudavadi led party, with ANC secretary general Godfrey Osotsi claiming that the term of Mudavadi as Party leader comes to an end on 15th of June.
“In African culture, there is consensus that a drunkard and a loose mouth is never one to be trusted with strategy at whatever level. In Luhya culture specifically, the process of initiation opens up initiates to a world of confidentiality, measured speech and brutal honesty. On this basis alone, there are no circumstances under which ODM and/or any of its leaders would entrust a coup, in the unlikely event that such plot existed, to the very pedestrian political abilities and loose tongue of Lugari Mp Ayub Savula.” Said Sifuna.
“Indeed, as the dominant political movement in Western Kenya, ODM has no compelling reason to plan coup in Amani National Congress against Musalia Mudavadi. We reiterate that the stated policy of the ODM party is that of non-interference in internal workings of other political parties because as you all know we have issues of our own as we strive to perfect ourselves. We have stated countless times that Musalia Mudavadi is a one-gear lorry hurtling down a hill unaided, on a long-term self-destruct mode that has never needed the assistance of Rt Hon Raila Odinga or ODM, to crash into oblivion.” He added.
“We in ODM pride ourselves in having the largest pool of leadership talent including those ready to continue the good work by our DPL Wycliffe Oparanya as Kakamega County governor. Ayub Savula is not even on our radar as one of the possible successors of Governor Oparanya and any claims otherwise are but figments of his imagination. We challenge Savula to reveal the senior official of ODM he alleges approached him with the coup plot.” Said ODM Secretary.
However, a section of ANC elected MPs however dismissed Osotsi claiming that the nominated MP is not a duly registered member of the Party.
The unfolding political power struggle in the Musalia Mudavadi led party comes at a time Bungoma Moses Wetang’ula is also fighting to defeat a coup in Ford Kenya.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi now says that the National Super Alliance-NASA erred when it de-whipped Ugenya MP David Ochieng in the recent purge on perceived errant coalition members.
Ochieng who defeated ODM’s Chris Karan to win the seat in a by-election held in April last year, is member of Movement for democracy and growth (MDG) party which he had said has never joined NASA.