ODM Appoints Edwin Sifuna as Party Secretary General

  • Former Budalangi MP, Ababu Namwamba, has been replaced with lawyer Edwin Sifuna as the Secretary-General of The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

    During a meeting chaired by Raila Odinga, the ODM national executive council on Thursday appointed Sifuna after Namwamba ditched the party in 2016 leaving a vacant position.

    Namwamba, who was recently appointed the Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), resigned from the Orange party in 2016 and joined Labour Party, and his position in ODM was held by Agnes Zani in an acting capacity.

    During the closed-door meeting which was also attended by party chairman John Mbadi, members deliberated on the most suitable candidates to fill vacant positions. 

    [caption caption="Edwin Sifuna and Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Shollei (Twitter)"][/caption]

    Reports indicate that the top leadership was weighing between NASA CEO Norman Magaya and Sifuna before they settled on the latter as the party's spokesperson.

    Steve Mbogo, who lost during Starehe Parliamentary race was appointed the deputy director of campaigns while MP Opiyo Wandayi was named the secretary of political affairs.

    During the meeting, it was agreed that Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kakamega counterpart Wycliffe Oparanya would deputize Odinga as the Party Chairman.

    Suna East MP, Junet Mohammed, was appointed the director of Campaigns while former Funyula lawmaker Paul Otuoma, who resigned as the Party's Vice Chairperson in 2016, was replaced by Janet Ongera.

    Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura, who ditched the party before the 2017 election, was replaced by Mr Nixon Kakiri as the secretary for disability affairs

    The ODM delegates also discussed subscription fees after concerns were raised that only a few members were contributing the party's monthly subscriptions.

    “ We shall remind the members to register and start making the contributions during the NGC meeting to be held on Friday," Mbadi stated.

    A week ago, the former Budalang'i MP resigned as the Labour Party of Kenya leader.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Labour Party 's National Secretary for Information and Publicity, Erick Matsanza, explained that Namwamba stepped down due to his new role in government.

    [caption caption="CS Monica Juma, Amb Macharia Kamau and CAS Ababu Namwamba (Facebook)"][/caption]