ODM Unveils Plan to Counter Ruto's Influence

  • ODM leader Raila Odinga (left) and DP William Ruto (right)
    ODM leader Raila Odinga (left) and DP William Ruto (right)
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  • The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has announced that it will openly fight Deputy President Ruto to counter his growing political activities in the country.

    The party, through Director of Elections Junet Mohamed, noted that it planned on resuming nationwide rallies under the guidance of the Ministry of Health Covid-19 regulations.

    Furthermore, the Suna East MP added that the party is slated to hold eight regional party delegates conferences in various counties from March.

    Suna East MP Junet Mohammed speaking during a press conference
    Suna East MP Junet Mohammed speaking during a press conference
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    This would culminate into the national delegates’ conference (NDC) sometime after June, according to the legislator.

    The MP noted that the party had reduced its political activities to give President Uhuru Kenyatta time to implement his projects.

    "We wanted to give the President time to implement his legacy projects. That is why ODM kept off high-octane political activities. But that is changing in 2021 and we have formulated the course to re-energise the party,” declared Junet Mohamed.

    The legislator added that the party had to protect its political strongholds as it rallied support across the country.

    "We are going to fight with Tangatanga openly now. We want to come back forcefully as ODM, through a scorched-earth campaign," Mohamed noted.

    The remarks come after the surprise victory in the recent by-elections for Ruto's ally Feisal Bader in Msambweni, an alleged stronghold of ODM.

    Responding to the loss in a past interview, ODM leader Raila Odinga noted that the party had to revise its strategies moving forward to counter the loss.

    Furthermore, recent reports have claimed that a section of ODM MPs in the coastal region are shifting to Ruto's side. Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho came out to accuse Ruto of being behind the threat.

    He further dared the MPs to resign from their elective posts and seek reelection in other political parties.

    Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho with Msambweni constituency ODM candidate Omar Boga on October 16, 2020.
    Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (right) with Msambweni constituency ODM candidate Omar Boga on October 16, 2020.
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