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Tuesday, 12 July 2016
The recent wrangles in ODM are a Jubilee's project- MP
– Western MP’s held closed-door meetings last week with ODM leaders, Paul Otuoma (Funyula) and Ababu Namwamba (Bundalangi) together with Wilbur Ottichilo (Emuhaya), John Waluke (Sirisia), Andayi Andola (Khwisero), Chris Omulele (Luanda) and Silverse Anami (Shinyalu)
– The MP’s were briefed on joining the Labour Party of Kenya (LPK) with funding from William Rut0 if they agreed to vie on 2017 with LPK tickets
– The MP’s recently complained of being treated as second-rate members of the party in a bid to derail leaders from ascending to the top seat
The recent wrangles that rocked the ODM party were part of an intricate ploy by Jubilee meant to break apart ODM and divide voters ahead of the much anticipated 2017 General Election.
On Thursday, July 7, a collective of the Western Kenya MP’s allegedly held closed-door meetings to deliberate on their political future. The meeting deliberated on reviving the Labour Party of Kenya (LPK), to be used by the MP’s in 2017.
The MP’s who would join the party were promised that they would be funded to do their campaigns- Ruto, the Standard writes, has promised the party a tune of KSh 100 million if the politicians agreed to vie on an LPK ticket.
Ababu Namwamba (Bundalangi) and Paul Otuoma (Funyula) together with Wilbur Ottichilo (Emuhaya), John Waluke (Sirisia), Andayi Andola (Khwisero), Chris Omulele (Luanda) and Silverse Anami (Shinyalu) spearheaded the meeting which former Lugari MP, Cyrus Jirongo was aware of.
We know Ruto is helping them to jumpstart LPK in preparation for the August 2017 General Election. So their allegations against ODM are just meant to distract attention from their real goal,” Jirongo Said as quoted in the Standard.
Jirongo further revealed that there was a plan to sow discord among the Western MP’s which would divide voters and therefore reduce the effect of the Western voting block which was pro-CORD.
Since assuming office, Ruto has made the twentieth trip to the western region in what has been assumed by the opposition as a ploy to create disssent in ODM and keep the party busy ahead of the General Election.
In what looks like a mass exodus by Western Kenya politicians to the Jubilee coalition, New Ford Kenya has officially dissolved itself into the ruling coalition- Jubilee.
The latest developments at New Ford Kenya came just a day after its party leader who is also the Bungoma Governor, Kenneth Lusaka, held a meeting with Budalangi MP, Ababu Namwamba.
Ababu had paid a visit to Lusaka who has been vocal against the opposition party.
Lusaka in the statement confirming the dissolving of the party said the decision was not through coercion but due to the belief that joining the government was the democratic solution the country and Western region in particular needed.
The Bungoma Governor in his statement encouraged other leaders frustrated with political developments in their parties to join them in Jubilee