By Vitalis Kimutai and Roselyn Obala
It is not clear if Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi is contemplating leaving the Orange Party, or is preparing for a showdown with Raila Odinga, but he dropped a hint something is in the offing.
assessment of the situation and will soon issue a comprehensive statement on the matter,ââ ran the telling statement from the DPMâs press secretary Kibisu Kabatesi.
The statement was grounded on the fact that Mudavadi, too, had taken note of the frustrations in the party that climaxed in the Tuesday presentation of ODM documents for registration before the amendment of the clause guaranteeing the party leader automatic presidential ticket.
ODM Secretary General Anyangâ Nyongâo filed the papers, which he said had been signed by chairman Henry Kosgey against Mudavadiâs call for the amendments of nomination rules first.
In doing so Prof Nyongâo simultaneously put out notice of amendments he told the Registrar of Political Parties would follow, but he did not give a timeframe.
"We intend to amend Article 6.2.1 of the constitution on election and nomination rules. The proposals shall be submitted to the National Governing Council and National Delegates Convention for ratification," Nyongâo said on Tuesday.
But what appeared to worry the Mudavadi side more was the fact that the PMâs side skipped the meeting of a key legal committee drafting the proposed changes, crippling it by causing lack of quorum.
Only three members of the committee sympathetic to Mudavadi turned up for the meeting at Orange House, Nairobi, on Tuesday, the same day Nyongâo filed the papers.