Kenyans say Namwamba’s resignation won’t affect ODM


Budalangi Member of Parliament Ababu Namwamba resigned on Wednesday, July 6, as the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) secretary general.

His resignation came amid a disquiet over what he, together with his lieutenants said is being sidelined by the party leadership.

Early on, ODM vice chairman Paul Otwoma had also resigned from his position saying he was being mistreated in the party.

Ababu highlighted a number of instances that prompted him to leave the post.

Ababu Namwamba at a function where he announced his resignation as ODM secretary general.

Among the issues he pointed out included a decision to rescind his announcement that the party elections board had been disbanded.

The legislator said that he was shocked when a junior officer in the party issued a statement rescinding his early announcement.

“After declaring to the whole world that the board would be disbanded, a junior officer from the secretariat released a statement contradicting me to my utter shock. I cannot be rallying to disband the national elections commission but protect a corrupt elections board in my party,” he said.

Ababu also said that he was not involved when the party participated in the picking of Mogotio MP Hellen Sambili to the Joint Select Committee that will oversee electoral reforms demanded by the CORD.

Sambili, who was elected on a KANU ticket, rejected the nomination on grounds that she was not consulted and that the people of Mogotio had not given her permission to work with the opposition.

She argued that KANU is part of the Jubilee coalition and would go against its rules by representing the CORD.

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Ababu then cited the anti-IEBC protests that were called by the CORD for four Mondays. He said that he was not informed of the protests and would not be part of it.

He also accused the party of inconsistence saying the ODM structures have failed.

Ababu Namwamba caled for a meeting where he announced he has resigned as ODM secretary general

“The ODM party structures have failed. The issues we are raising are not personal. I have nothing against Raila who is my political mentor. The issues are shared with many other colleagues. They are structural and ideological. We want consistency,” he added.

Kenyans have now delved into the resignation saga, and given their views. went to streets and sought to know what the common mwananchi thinks of the resignation.

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