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December 11, 2018

Raila cautions ODM leaders against 2022 poll politics

ODM leader Raila Odinga. /FILE
ODM leader Raila Odinga. /FILE

AU envoy Raila Odinga yesterday cautioned ODM leaders against engaging in succession politics.

He told them to focus on fixing wananchi’s problems. Raila told a delegation of Coast MPs led by Msambweni’s Suleiman Dori to pay attention to the Building Bridges Initiative.

Dori and Owen Baya (Kilifi North) and Wiper’s Ali Mbogo (Kisauni), assured Raila of their commitment to working with him. They relayed similar assurances from Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa who is attending parliamentary games in Burundi.

Read: Facing expulsion, Dori meets Raila, gets assurance of fair hearing

The MPs appealed to the ODM leader to use his experience in politics to guide new and younger colleagues and expressed their readiness to consult and be guided.

“We assure you that we’re available for regular consultations and guidance by the party. We’ve slowed down on 2022 campaigns as you had advised and we remain committed to actions that strengthen rather than weaken the party,” Dori said.

The ODM disciplinary committee had recommended the expulsion Jumwa and Dori over gross misconduct. They were summoned in October after they openly declared their support for DP William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid. They ignored the summonses.

Raila said the lawmakers mentioned in the report will be given a fair hearing by the National Executive Committee. He condemned the conduct of Homa Bay MCAs who have consistently defied the party’s code of conduct and tainted its image. Seven Homa Bay MCAs were charged with assaulting speaker Elizabeth Ayoo and were detained for 14 days. They pleaded not guilty.

More: ODM team wants Aisha Jumwa, Suleiman Dori expelled for supporting Ruto

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