ODM Goes Bare Knuckle Against Museveni

  • ODM MPs: From left: Simba Arati (Dagoretti North), John Mbadi (Suba East) and Junet Mohamed (Suna East)
    ODM MPs: From left: Simba Arati (Dagoretti North), John Mbadi (Suba East) and Junet Mohamed (Suna East)
  • The leadership of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party on Wednesday, August 4, hit out at Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni over his relationship with Deputy President William Ruto.

    Speaking at Parliament buildings ODM Chairman John Mbadi asked Museveni to respect Kenya and avoid pushing his political ideologies on Kenya.

    Mbadi stated that MPs were suspicious of the DP'srelationship with Uganda. He further challenged Ruto to explain his relationship with Uganda's ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM).

    An image of John Mbadi in 2019
    National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi holding up an ODM party membership card in 2019

    "We are not bothered with whether Ruto was cleared or not, we are interested in his relationship with Uganda," the ODM chairman stated.

    National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed also called out the DP over his association with President Museveni who has stayed in power for over three decades.

    Junet claimed that the DP was receiving bad political advice and his association with Kampala was an indication that he was not ready to lose in the 2022 General Election.

    "From where Ruto is getting political advice, it can be revealed that he would not relinquish power, he is not fit for power. We want Ruto to come clear on his relationship with NRM of Uganda."

    "Ruto wants to ride to power by taking advantage of those in desperation hence pushing them to deeper misery... Ruto's relationship with Museveni is aimed at creating chaos in the event he is defeated in 2022," the Suna East MP remarked.

    Junet also took to Twitter to further call out the DP who was blocked from going to Uganda on Monday, August 2, after his passport was not approved by immigration.

    He argued that NRM which is Museveni's party did not obey human rights, economic expansion and freedom of the press which are important rights for any country to thrive.

    Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro brought the DP's trip block to the National Assembly was on Tuesday, August 3 but he was shot down by fellow legislators.

    Acting Speaker, however, stopped him mid-speech reminding him that he was out of order for raising an issue that had already been settled.

    Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo also attacked Nyoro for attending sessions in Parliament while wearing United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party colours which is against the Parliamentary laws.

    Undated image of Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo
    Undated image of Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo