ODM leaders call for polls within party

A section of MPs allied to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) wants the party to first hold internal elections before they can determine whether they need to merge the CORD partners or not.

They also want a section of leaders including religious ones to mediate between CORD principal Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta for the sake of peace in the country.

Speaking during a fundraising for Nambale ACK church yesterday in Busia, Funyula MP Paul Otuoma differed with CORD partners calling for dialogue before ‘talks within ODM’ saying an election, to give the party a clear mandate, is lacking.

“There is a need for dialogue to discuss insecurity, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, corruption among other issues. But first we need dialogue within ODM,” said Dr Otuoma. “We should have addressed aborted elections since they left some members dissatisfied.”

Busia Senator Amos Wako called for structures that can allow for peaceful dialogue saying it was better for church leaders and like-minded Kenyans to mediate between CORD and Jubilee for the sake of peace.

Nambale MP John Bunyasi said dialogue should begin at the grassroots level.