Don’t write off Raila just yet, ODM leaders warn over 2022
SEE ALSO :Aisha Jumwa officially kicked out of ODM“I want to tell those who are trying to overlook Raila that they should not write him off. Raila is politically dynamic and more re-energised and focused,” said the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) member. Politically fatigued He said he was surprised that some ODM legislators were torn between sticking with Raila or switching allegiances to others. “Those who are casting aspersions about Raila should know that he is not politically fatigued as they think. Those who think so are mistaken,” Dr Oburu said. Oburu and Orengo were speaking in Ugunja, Siaya County on Friday where they led several MPs in assuring Raila of their support.
SEE ALSO :ODM says Dori not yet out of the woodsOburu said even if ODM will not field Raila, the party will still have a presidential candidate in 2022 and wondered why some ODM MPs or leaders were “nervous”. “The law is clear that one cannot serve two masters at a time. If you are a member of ODM who subscribes to other parties’ ideals, then it means you are not loyal,” he said. Deputy President William Ruto has been wooing ODM MPs from the Coast, Kisii and Nyamira due to mixed signals on whether Raila will be in the race or not. Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has been leading an onslaught against ODM in the Coast by warming up to Ruto, who is also eyeing the presidency in 2022. Dr Oburu said those who are supporting parties or individuals whose ideals were in competition with their sponsor party to Parliament were doing so illegally and should resign from their seats. “But they should count themselves lucky that ODM has not invoked the law to even seek their ouster in Parliament,” he said.
SEE ALSO :Jumwa's fate with registrar of partiesPunish members He said ODM has not and does not intend to punish its members who have turned against it after using its tickets to win their way to Parliament. “By promoting freer political practices, ODM could be sowing the seeds of non-violent change towards a freer and more democratic society,” Dr Oburu said. He said their thought and expression should not be suppressed by those opposed to Raila’s candidature because they too have a right to back who they deem fit. “But no one can be denied the means or the chance to make their political way in life,” Orengo said. The senator supported the handshake between the president and Raila in the spirit of promoting national unity, saying it will pay off.