PARTY WRANGLES

Mudavadi no longer ANC leader, Raila not involved in wrangles - Osotsi

Osotsi accused of being used by Raila and ODM to frustrate Mudavadi.

In Summary

• Osotsi was reacting to a story done by the Star of ANC officials in Migori county who accused him of being used by Raila Odinga and ODM party to frustrate Mudavadi 2022 presidential bid.

• The legislator said the attack was a “cheap diversionary tactic by using village conmen posing as officials when pertinent issues are raised.”

Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi during a press briefing at Parliament Buildings on Thursday, March 21
Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi during a press briefing at Parliament Buildings on Thursday, March 21
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi has said Musalia Mudavadi is now the immediate former ANC party leader and there is no external push in party wrangles.

Osotsi, in a phone interview with the Star on Monday, said Mudavadi and all officials of the party are in office illegally as their mandate expired according to the party constitution.

“As it stands, ANC has no party leader and officials. Mudavadi is the immediate former party leader until elections are done. That is a very clear message,” Osotsi said.

 

Osotsi said when terms for ANC officials expired, the current leadership led by Mudavadi had all the time to hold on to them.

“Instead we have information a fake list of delegates is being prepared for a national delegates conference meeting, which is still illegal according to the party constitution as we need to do grassroots elections first,” he said.

Osotsi was reacting to a story done by the Star of ANC officials in Migori county who accused him of being used by Raila Odinga and ODM party to frustrate Mudavadi's 2022 presidential bid.

The legislator said the attack was a “cheap diversionary tactic by using village conmen posing as officials when pertinent issues are raised.”

“Even if the election was to be pushed forward because of Covid-19, the officials did not alert the registrar of political parties of the move,” he said.

He said similar attacks on him have increased ever since he raised the issue on the party's leadership.

“Blaming other parties and individual for what is happing in ANC party is a cheap diversionary tactic. These issues have been there since 2017 over the secretary-general position,” he said.

 

Barrack Muluka was made the SG of the party, an appointment which was later challenged in court.

“It is bad to drag the name of ODM and their leader Raila Odinga in what is happening in ANC party, the issues don’t involve him,” he said.

Osotsi called for grass root elections to elect new members including the party leader.

A group saying they are Migori County’s Amani National Congress party officials on Sunday accused Odinga and the ODM party of using nominated Osotsi to frustrate their leader.

Led by Migori ANC branch chairman Omwami Ambaka, officials said Osotsi has gone to bed with ODM and they are out to undermine the party.

“We tell Osotsi that he is only nominated and will face party disciplinary action. He should officially resign and join ODM party,” Ambaka said.

He said if Otsotsi wants to be in ODM, the nominated MP should relinquish his position and decamp officially instead of creating unnecessary wrangles in the party.

But Osotsi, termed the group as fictitious and not the duly elected officials of the party who are being used to divert attention from ANC issues.