Raila Odinga ratifies change at Nairobi County Assembly

Opposition leader Raila Odinga congratulates MCAs David Mberia (right) and Peter Imwatok at a Nairobi Hotel. [Josphat Thiong'o, Standard]
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called on the new ODM leadership at the Nairobi County Assembly to ensure equity in committee membership to avoid chaos as recently witnessed at the city assembly.

This comes just two days after ODM made changes to its party representation at the assembly, by appointing Karen Ward MCA David Mberia as the minority leader to replace MCA Elias Otieno.

Minority Chief Whip Peter Imwatok and Deputy Minority Chief Whip Moses Ogeto retained their positions despite a spirited attempt by ODM MCAs to oust them.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony attended by party MCAs at a Nairobi hotel, Raila urged newly appointed minority leader David Mberia to ensure members were allocated equal committees to avoid the wrangling that had threatened to paralyse assembly operations.

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Raila who doubles up as the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development also warned the MCAs against frustrating Devolution.

He further moved to quell the internal fights at the assembly by urging members to conduct themselves with dignity and decorum and avoid violence when resolving issues.

“We fought so hard for devolution and we should not make it fail by frequent wrangling, you must defend it at all costs. The role of County Assemblies is to put checks and balances on County Governments for efficiency and effective delivery of services to the people,” he stated

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ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna challenged the Members of the Nairobi County Assembly to work together as a team in order to achieve the goal that is service delivery to the people.

 “You are a strong team and this was evident during the just concluded by-election in Kibra”, said Mr. Sifuna.

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“I want the new Minority Leader Mberia to be open and transparent in discharging his duties to avoid causing dissatisfaction among members,” he added.

ODM Party Nairobi branch chairman George Aladwa reiterated the need for loyalty among party members which he said was paramount in the growth of any political party.

“For ODM to move forward and form the next government, loyalty is paramount. We should have respect for the party leadership and respect decisions they make” said the Makadara legislator.

Kilimani Ward Legislature Moses Ogeto congratulated Mberia for the appointment, saying he was up to the task of uniting ODM members at the assembly as well as looking into their welfare.

“Members should rest assured our leadership led by the able David Mberia will act in the interests of the party and that of members in ensuring that service delivery is achieved,” said Ogeto.

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During the meeting, the immediate former Leader of Minority in the Nairobi County Assembly Elias Otieno promised to support his successor Mberia saying that it was in the interest of the party.

“I am going to work with and support Mberia in his new mandate. I am for the unity of the party MCAs and my wish is to see us discharge our duties diligently as members of one family,” he said.

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