A section of ODM supporters have dismissed former Voi mayor Anisa Mwakio's sentiments over a recent party meeting aimed at harmonising the two wrangling groups of the party. Anisa yesterday said she does not recognise the outcome of the meeting which was led by her rival Voi MP Dan Mwazo.
One of the former mayor's supporters, Richard Babu, who attended the Saturday meeting, said they approached Mwazo to hold the meeting to iron out their differences in the party. Babu said that Anisa had lost support in the area and accused her of misleading the party. "We are the ones who approached Mwanzo to hold the meeting in a bid to iron out the differences that had emerged earlier.Anisa should stop misleading people," Babu said.
Earlier, Anisa had accused Mwazo of misleading her group by using his financial strength to lure his group. "I don't recognise the meeting since I was not involved in it and we know that he is 'buying' my supporters to gain popularity," Anisa claimed. During the Saturday meeting, Mwazo called on the rival group to unite for the sake of the party unity.
The divisions emerged following last years ODM parties Voi constituency and County branch elections where Mwazo and Anisa differed on the election process leading to the formation of two ODM party groups in Voi constituency. The rivalry played out openly during the recent meeting with ODM delegates by the Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Voi who called on the two groups to work together for the unity of the party.
On Saturday, Mwazo held a meeting at a Voi Hotel with the rival group in the absence of Anisa in a bid to iron out their differences. Anisa has however, maintained that her group is still intact and that the harmonisation process will only be successful if an official from the party headquarters oversees the process. "Only when an official from the ODM party headquarters presides over the harmonisation process shall we accept,"Anisa maintained.