- Chairman John Mbadi told the parties that came together to form the opposition outfit ahead of 2017 election that they can take their grievances to court.
- The Minority leader in Parliament said the amount ODM received was its rightful share since it has the requisite elected MPs.
ODM on Tuesday fought back calls by Nasa affiliate parties that they should get equal shares of the money allocated to the coalition by the Registrar of Political Parties.
Chairman John Mbadi told the parties that formed the opposition outfit ahead of the 2017 election that they can take their grievances to court.
The Suba South MP, who is also the Minority leader in the National Assembly said the amount that the Raila Odinga-led party received in the recently-concluded financial year was its rightful share since it has the requisite number of elected MPs.
The ODM national chairman told the Star the Sh4.5 billion was a court award for the 2013-17 period during which they had no coalition agreement with ANC.
He said the other parties have no numbers to demand a share of Sh4.5 billion.
“ODM has been receiving money as ODM. If they think ODM has been receiving money on their behalf, let them go to court. These people just talk from ignorance. The courts are open. Why are they just talking on the papers?” Mbadi asked.
He noted: “ODM is not receiving money on behalf of anybody. That Sh4 billion is for 2013/15. They used to be called UDF. These people are just waiting to benefit from things that they are not party to.”
On Monday, ANC deputy leader and Lugari MP Ayub Savula said Nasa affiliate parties -ANC, Ford Kenya and Wiper are entitled to the money.
Savula also called for an audit of the amount deducted from them to run the defunct Nasa secretariat.
In June, ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi accused ODM of being reluctant to share the cash in total disregard of an agreement with partner parties.
The former presidential candidate further linked the cash wars to the infighting in Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula’s party and ANC.
- mwaniki fm