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Ababu invades ODM zone and attacks Raila

By Standard Team | August 15th 2016 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300


Two rebel ODM MPs from western region have launched a scathing attack on party leader Raila Odinga.

Touring the Coast region, Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba and his Sirisia counterpart, John Waluke, likened Raila's support in the region as "crucifixion for long".

The two attended the launch of the Federal Alliance Party of Kenya, founded by Ganze MP Peter Shehe on Saturday after holding discussions with fellow ODM rebel, Gideon Mung'aro, in Mombasa.

The MPs said they will tour Mombasa and Kwale to popularise the ideals of their 'Third Force and Mulembe Alliance' that seeks to achieve the political unity of ethnic Luhya people.

The Budalang'i MP admitted meeting Mr Mung'aro "only briefly in Mombasa" although initial reports indicated Ababu and Mr Waluke met the pro-Jubilee Kilifi North MP in Kilifi town before the two were hosted by Mr Shehe, who is Mr Mung'aro's key ally in Ganze.

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In scathing and thinly-veiled attacks, Ababu described unnamed Opposition leaders as "prophets of false hope" and "agents of violence and division of our people".

Waluke claimed ODM had oppressed so many people, and that everybody was leaving it, adding that his group of dissenting voices will only co-operate with leaders who value them.

On Saturday, the two western MPs met leaders they described as ODM defectors from Taita Taveta, Tana River, Mombasa and Kwale counties.

Saturday's programme for the party launch in Ganze listed Mr Mung'aro and several former MPs as speakers, but the Kilifi North MP did not turn up.

"I am the one who has made someone go to Western for five days because there is a wind of change. It does not matter how many trips he makes," Ababu said referring to Raila's recent tours of Western, including his constituency in the wake of his rebellion.

Ababu claimed Raila had controlled his supporters in Nyanza "with an iron fist" and argued that the Luhya people had a right to organise themselves as a community.

He accused Raila of misleading voters in Coast and Western regions.

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