ODM's Sifuna Issues Statement After Raila Junior's Conduct

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    ODM party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna speaking at a past event.
  • The Orange Democratic Movement, ODM announced plans to reassess its policies and make changes, a day after the party leader's son Raila Junior made controversial remarks on the conduct of politicians within the faction.

    On Thursday, September 17, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna acknowledged that the party needed to reanalyse its strategy. 

    He added that some changes had already been initiated in top organs within the party, with a key focus on the 2022 general elections. 

    "We honestly looked at ourselves and even commissioned a task force to deliberate on internal issues. The team’s report, whose recommendations we have implemented, came with some indictment. 

    From left: Raila Junior, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro and his Gatundu South counterpart Moses Kuria in a public rally in 2019

    "We wanted the task force to indicate our problems based on the report tabled before the National Executive Council (NEC) and adopted in its entirety," Sifuna stated. 

    He added that ODM disbanded its National Election Board (NEB) over nominations of politicians. 

    The National Disciplinary Committee was also disbanded after it failed to discipline the rebellious Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa. 

    ODM's Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen further reiterated the party's philosophy based on fighting for human rights and devolution.

    The party has been criticised for being lukewarm in its fight against corruption ever since Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta shook hands in March 2018. 

    Raila Odinga's son, Raila Junior had earlier on slammed ODM politicians for not adhering to party standards. He accused them of shifting focus to petty matters like confronting rival politicians and enjoying luxurious lives, rather than pushing ODM's manifesto. 

    However, he issued an apology clarifying that his position did not represent the party's stand. This was after ODM Chairman John Mbadi hit out at him and asserted that he was merely Odinga's son and not a party administrator. 

    "As an ordinary ODM member, my views are my own and not that of the party. I am grateful to ODM for availing democratic space in which different views and opinions are expressed. My views were not targeting any leaders and I apologize for any misunderstanding caused," he tweeted. 

    ODM Chairman John Mbadi addresses delegates in Migori County on Sunday, September 13, 2020