EXCLUSIVE: 2 Reasons Raila's Ex-Aide Has Cut Ties With ODM

  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga wears a cap with ODM Party logo. Twitter
  • The former aide to AU Envoy Raila Odinga, on Tuesday, cut his ties with the Orange Democratic Movement Party.

    In a letter addressed to the registrar of political parties, the former aide, Eliud Owalo, cited a widened rift in his ideologies and beliefs and those of the ODM party.

    He further highlighted a lack of enthusiasm in his continued support of the party.

    "It is with great regret that I write to inform you that I have, with immediate effect, relinquished my membership of the Orange Democratic Movement Party.

    "My resignation is informed by the fact that my political ideology, convictions and beliefs no longer have convergence or depict any congruence and common denominator with that of the ODM Party; its value-orientation and practices," read part of the letter signed by Owalo.

    Raila Odinga's former aide Eliud Owalo.

    Shortly after his announcement, however, Kenyans.co.ke learned that the above-mentioned reason was not the only one that pushed Owalo out of the Raila-led party.

    Speaking to us, a source closer to the former aide intimated that Owalo's departure came after he expressed displeasure with the way party nominations were performed and that his criticisms lead to the convention of a meeting in Nakuru.

    "There can only be speculations or whatever but his displeasure with the way party nominations were conducted in the last election is public knowledge.

    "(Also) because of his criticism, the ODM Party was able to go to Nakuru and come up with a raft of measures to create changes in the party nominations mechanism," the source dished to this writer.

    Owalo served as ODM's strategist and Raila's aide in the 2013 General Elections. He was also NASA's secretariat in the run-up to the 2017 election.

    Eliud Owalo's resgnation letter addressed to the registrar of political parties.