The party is now lucky to have diverse points of view from the youth through the Young Orange Democrats, from the women through the Orange Women Democrats and from our MPs through the partyâs Parliamentary Group. The party further has organs up to the village level. We are currently mobilising these organs to ensure that the voice of the party is heard from all corners of the republic, and that the decisions of the higher party organs will resonate well with the grass roots.
Roberto Michels once said that all organisations, particularly political parties, run the risk of being ruled by oligarchs. He called it the "iron law of oligarchy." I do believe that the intention behind the creation of multiple party organs within the ODM was to take some concrete measures against the tendency of the iron law of oligarchy to restrict participation and decision-making within a small enclave of party leaders. And that is why these party organs meet frequently and encourage dialogue at all levels.
Our MPs need also to be commended for encouraging party activities in their constituencies. Party leaders at the sub-branch and branch levels need equally to be active especially at this time. If leaders work with synergy the party will increase in strength and popularity and victory will be assured.