12 November 2018

Kenya: Odinga to Host Crisis Meeting on Nairobi Power Wrangles

Opposition chief Raila Odinga has stepped in to end a power struggle between top Orange Democratic Movement officials.

Last week, contradictory letters were exchanged between party chairman John Mbadi, secretary general Edwin Sifuna and executive director Oduor Ong'wen over Nairobi assembly leadership changes.

In his November 5 letter, Mr Mbadi said the changes he made at the assembly stood.

"The decision made by ODM emanated from a request by members of Nairobi County Assembly, which was endorsed by the party after deliberations," Mr Mbadi said.


Just a day he said the party had replaced Minority Leader Elias Otieno and whip Peter Imwatok with Mr Kennedy Oyugi and Mr Nicholas Okumu respectively, Mr Sifuna insisted that the status quo remains.

Mr Sifuna told the assembly that he is the spokesman of the party and is the only one mandated to issue correspondence.

A meeting scheduled for Thursday failed to take place after it was reported that Mr Sifuna and Mr Ong'wen deliberately failed to invite core members of the central committee.

Mr Odinga who arrived at the venue early cancelled the meeting and scheduled it for tomorrow.

There are reports that Mr Sifuna and Mr Ong'wen wanted to sideline some members of the committee.


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