The Star (Nairobi)

28 June 2011

Kenya: Nyamweya Ditches Ford People for ODM Party

South Mugirango MP Manson Nyamweya was over the weekend welcomed into ODM after defecting from Ford People. Prime Minister Raila Odinga welcomed Nyamweya during a rally attended by cabinet ministers and MPs.

MPs present during the rally hailed Nyamweya's development record in the past year and expressed willingness to work with him. Some even hinted that the MP may soon be appointed to the cabinet. "We have some vacant positions and we are willing to fix him somewhere. We need Nyamweya because he is one of the most steadfast MPs we have," said the party's secretary general Anyang' Nyong'o.

The MP hosted the PM at his Nyabigena home for lunch. "I campaigned against Nyamweya during the by-election but he is a development conscious leader," the PM added. However, some ODM members are not happy with his move.

Gideon Moreka, Kepher Marube and Henry Ogeto who unsuccessfully sought the party ticket during the last by-election criticised the move. They accused the MP of prevailing upon the PM not to officially open the South Mugirango ODM office. "We wanted the PM to open the office which we are running here but it's the MP who we suspect asked the PM not to open the office," said Moreka. "We welcome the PM to the party but should through the front door and not the backdoor. He must be ready to face us in the party primaries," Ogeto said. They said they were ready to take the positions.

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