The Star (Nairobi)

East Africa: Party Not Shaken By Defectors, Says Former Mayor

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An ODM MP has said those willing to leave the party are free to do so. ODM women leader Beth Syengo and East Africa Legislative Assembly MP Mumbi Ng'aru said they are in the party to stay.

Speaking during a funds drive at PCEA Matenjwa in Limuru district on Sunday,Ng'aru, who is the former Thika mayor, said everyone has the freedom to belong to a party of their choice.

She said no one should not be pressurised to join a party. "We are welcoming people in our party and we are not shaken by people who are defecting. Let them stay where they want. But as for me, I will not leave even though many are telling me to pull out from ODM. I am comfortable in the party and this is where I will represent my people," said Ng'aru.

"We cannot be pressurised to drink flowing water from one source because when the tributaries are closed, we shall get thirsty. Those telling us to leave ODM are asking us to do exactly that.

"Ng'aru is a strong sup-porter of Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Kiambu county.The party nominated her through the EALA as a woman representative MP.

Syengo asked residents of Central province to desist from tribalism and support efforts. She urged them to support Raila's bid for the presidency next year.

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