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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has given embattled Budalangi MP and the party’s Secretary General Ababu Namwamba two weeks to mend his mess or leave the party.
Sources privy to the party’s Central Committee meeting that took place on Wednesday, June 29, at Orange House indicate that Raila took issue with the media outburst by Ababu, party deputy chairman Paul Otwoma and a number of other leaders from Western Kenya.
The opposition leader took Ababu to task to explain why he chose to address the media when he felt aggrieved and sidelined in the party instead of following the laid down procedures which include presenting his grievances to the committee.
Ababu Namwamba chats with Raila Odinga before addressing the media following a meeting of the ODM Central Committee. Raila told Ababu to mend his mess in two weeks or leave the party. Photo: Raila Odinga/Facebook.
Raila also blasted the secretary general for his continued absence from the party affairs, notably the anti-IEBC protests and the media briefings when businessman Jacob Juma was murdered.
Efforts by Ababu to reach out to Raila in person and hand in his grievances proved futile as the former prime minister gave him and his rebel MPs a two-week ultimatum to put them together and present them in the next meeting or just quit the party.
This was followed by Raila reading out a Riot Act to the legislators in a bid to remind them the stipulated measures to be taken should they not follow the right procedures.
However, Raila also acknowledged that Ababu’s grievances are genuine and should be looked into and solved amicably.
He then allowed him to address the media after the five-hour meeting.
Two weeks ago, Ababu and nine other Western Kenya MPs called a press conference and threatened to look for another option should the sidelining continue in the ODM.
The legislators castigated Raila and party Chairman John Mbadi for ignoring them during their visits to Western Kenya, something they said they did not take lightly.
“As ODM leaders from Western Kenya, we reject the persistent habit in our party to treat us as second rate members. Certain forces within ODM have formed this habit of bullying, intimidating and wrongly profiling us for no good reason,” the statement read in part.
Ababu Namwamba addresses the media after attending the ODM Central Committee meeting that was deliberating his recent fallout with the party leaders. Ababu was told to mend the mess or quit. Photo: Raila Odinga/Facebook.
“Only last weekend the party leader was in Kakamega and Vihiga without notifying area MPs Wilbur Ottichilo and Chris Omulele. Last month the chairman was in Khwisero purportedly unveiling the party branch leadership without the area MP Andola. We do not take this disrespect kindly,” they said further.
A section of the ODM has accused Ababu of going to bed with the Jubilee coalition and planning to ditch the opposition ahead of the 2017 polls.
However, he has denied the claims saying he is in ODM to stay.
Raila had early only defended Ababu in a rally in Busia by saying he still remains ODM’s secretary general despite attempts to oust him.
Meanwhile, former Lugari MP Justus Kizito has urged Ababu and his colleagues to leave ODM and join Jubilee.
Kizito said that the writing is on the wall that ODM does not want leaders from the Luhya community and went on to cite the cases of Musalia Mudavadi and DP William Ruto.
“Ababu and Otuoma ought to have known by now that ODM leader Raila Odinga does not have any respect for Luhya leaders and this started way back with the late Wamalwa Kijana,” Kizito said as quoted by Star.
He eats five meals a day consisting of rice, fish, beef, vegetable soup and a traditional soy patty which alone is enough to feed two adults.
A ten-year-old boy from an obscure Indonesian village in the West Java province now, sadly, has the distinction of being the world's fattest boy.
Arya Permana, has been put on an emergency diet of brown rice by his parents after doctors warned that his extreme obesity is life-threatening.
Due to his weight, he can only walk a few steps before he is breathless, because of which he has stopped attending school. He is clothed in only a sarong as his parents can no longer find clothes that fit him.
According to local reports, he eats five meals a day consisting of rice, fish, beef, vegetable soup and a traditional soy patty which alone is enough to feed two adults.
When Arya was born, he weighed a normal 3.2kg and it was only after he turned two that his weight gained increased to an abnormal amount.
According to the Daily Mail, his parents, Rokayah and Ade, took Arya to several doctors in their village in Cipurwasari in West Java, Indonesia, but the doctors did not find anything abnormal about his alarming weight.
During Ramadan, Arya has been fasting for the first half of each day like many children his age. His attempts to fast until sunset were abandoned early in the holy month when he started experiencing stomach pains, reported the Telegraph.
Childhood obesity is now a major problem, according to health experts. An Australian study shows that many parents do not realise when their kids are overweight, thus fail to prevent obesity, and find hard to shed some excess pounds.
A teacher told her class the story about a cruise ship which had a sea accident.
“There was one couple on that ship that managed to reach a lifeboat, but unfortunately there was a room for one person only. Then, the man pushed his wife aside and jumped into the boat. The woman shouted him one sentence before her death.”
So, the ship sank. The man got home and brought up their daughter alone. Many years later after the death of her father, the girl found his diary while sorting his stuff, and read the following record:
“When we went for our journey, she had a severe illness. She didn’t have much time. I would have gladly sunk instead of her, but for the sake of our daughter I had to live. I could only leave her alone in the middle of the ocean.”
The story was over, and the class was silent.
The teacher knew that the students were deeply touched by the story and understood that right doesn’t always mean good, and bad doesn’t always mean betrayal. This is why you shouldn’t tell a book by its cover, as there may be much you don’t know about.
Muqdisho (RBC Radio) Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya, Mudane Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud ayaa maanta daah-furay Barnaamijka Qorshaha Horumarinta Qaranka (National Development Plan), kaas oo noqonayaa midkii ugu horeeyay ee ay Soomaaliya yeelato muddo haatan laga joogo 30 sanno.
“Waa maalin taariikhi ah inaan maanta daah-furno barnaamijkan muhiimka ah. Tani waxay muujineysaa in dowladnimadeena ay xoogsaneyso. Dalna ma shaqeyn karo haddii uusan lahayn qorshe cad oo qeexaya hawlaha uu qabanayo. Sidaad la socotaan xilligiii ay dowladdan xafiiska timid waxaa mar walba ka go’nayd inay sameyso qorshe lagu hawlgalo, inagoo ka bilowney miisaaniyaad ku meel gaar ah oo aan dejinay dhammaadkii 2012-ka’’.
Madaxweynaha ayaa sheegay in dukumentigan kooban uu yahay dhaxal loogu talagaley jiilka hadda jooga iyo kuwa soo socda, sidaa darteedna loo baahan yahay in wax walba oo ku jira si taxaddar leh loo fuliyo.
“Soomaaliya baahiyo badan ayay leedahay oo ay tahay inay buuxiso. Kaabeyaasheena dhaqaalaha iyo adeegyada kale oo dhan ayaa u baahan in si hufan loo dhiso. Barnaamijkan waxaa lagu jaangooyay baahida maanta ee jirta, waxaana lagu beegay waqtigii ugu habboonaa. Si tartiib tartiib ah ayaan ula jaanqaadi doona hadba sida ay baahiyada u kala muhiimsan yihiin’’.
Madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud ayaa sheegay in si barnaamijkan uu dhaqangal u noqdo loo baahan yahay in la helo hannaan lagu qiimeeyo qorshaha ku xusan, isla markaana lala yimaado isla xisaabtan iyo isa sixid.
Qorshaha Horumarinta Qaranka oo socon doona muddo 3 sanno ah ayaa waxaa soo diyaarisay Wasaaradda Qorsheynta Qaranka, waxaana arrimaha ugu waaweyn ee uu diiradda saarayo ka mid ah dhimista fakhriga, dib u habeynta kaabeyaasha dhaqaalaha, tayeynta hay’adaha dowliga , hirgelinta nidaam siyaasadeed loo dhan yahay xoojinta sharciga, garsoorka iyo amniga.
Munaasabaddan waxaa sidoo kale hadalo ka jeediyay Guddoomiyaha Baarlamaanka Federaalka, Mudane Maxamed Cusmaan Jawaari, Ra’iisul Wasaare Cumar Cabdirashiid Sharma’arke iyo Wasiirka Qorsheynta Qaranka , Cabdiraxmaan Caynte. ___ RBC Radio