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Friday, 8 July 2016
Raila heads to Western Kenya to quell ODM rebellion
– CORD leader Raila Odinga is heading to Western counties for two weeks to quell the uprising by some ODM member of parliament from the region
– It was reported that he would use the scorched earth policy to neutralise his enemies
– The trip was announced a day after Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba announced his resignation as the party’s secretary-general
– He was also the leader of the rebellion, leading a number of politicians to complain about poor treatment and being bullied in the party
Just after meeting with Western Kenya ODM Members of Parliament to discuss his extensive tour of Western Kenya as well as to sort out issues raised by the same politicians, the coalition’s chief executive officer Norman Nyaga revealed how Raila is going to stamp his authority on Western Kenya.
“Raila will use the scorched earth policy to neutralise ODM rebels in the region. He will be there for two weeks and has planned a series of engagements with party delegates and branck officials as well as rallies,” said Nyaga.
The scorched earth policy involves burning everything to the ground without leaving any trace of evidence of something that existed before.
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.
This way, the enemy will not get anything to use against their opponents.
This trip to Western comes on the heels of Ababu Namwamba’s resignation as ODM’s secretary general citing frustrations from colleagues as well as being betrayed by Raila Odinga.
He quit the position on Wednesday, July 6, after leading a rebellion against the party.
Those who supported him from Western counties were members of parliament such as Paul Otuoma (Funyula), Wilbur Otichillo (Emuhaya), John Waluke (Sirisia), Andayi Andola (Khwisero) and Chris Omulele (Luanda).
Dorcas Kedogo was also among those who complained about ‘second rate’ treatment by the party leadership.
However, yesterday, Raila met with a number of the politicians at his Capitol Hill offices to discuss matters pertinient to the region.
Raila Odinga meets Western Kenya ODM MPs at his Capitol Hill offices in Nairobi. Photo: Facebook/Raila Odinga
Those who attended the meeting were led by Emuhaya’s Wilbur Ottichilo and Shinyalu’s Silverse Anami.