The Star (Nairobi)

22 March 2014

Kenya: ODM MPs Slam Ababu's Poll Demand

ODM acting leader Anyang Nyong'o has welcomed calls by the Ababu Namwamba-led faction that the party holds elections in the next 45 days.

However, Nyong'o cautioned the group that views on the elections should be channelled to the task force set up to look into the way forward after last month's botched elections.

"ODM is a family which can discuss its internal affairs without any acrimony," Nyong'o said in a statement to media houses yesterday.

The Namwamba team on Wednesday said the interim party officials do not enjoy the mandate of the party delegates and the membership.

Nyong'o issued the statement as a section of ODM leaders criticised the demand for fresh party elections as ill-advised and a plot to weaken the party.

MPs Oyugi Magwanga (Kasipul), Fred Outa (Nyando) and Kisumu East ODM chairman Osumba Olum said calls for fresh elections are meant to create disturbances by some external forces.

Magwanga accused the Namwamba group of pushing their vested interests instead of focusing energies to make the party vibrant.

He said ODM will not be "held hostage" by a few individuals.

Magwanga said the party does not lack leadership and urged Namwamba's team to focus on the best process to conduct free and fair elections in future.

He questioned the hurry by Namwamba's team considering that the interim committee has not completed its mandate.

Outa said there is a hand pushing the faction allied to Namwamba to ensure ODM is "assassinated" completely.

"What does Ababu want to do differently than other MPs?" he said.

He said Namwamba is not the only capable MP to manage the party affairs.

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