Wanjigi Lashes Out at Raila Over Ownership of ODM

  • An image of Raila and Wanjigi
    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) and Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi (right) attending a church service in Bondo, Siaya County on Sunday 11 October 2020.
  • Businessman Jimi Wanjigi has lashed out at Orange Democratic (ODM) Raila Odinga claiming that the party does not belong to him.

    Speaking on Thursday 19, Wanjigi stated that ODM was founded by Raila, Uhuru, Deputy President William Ruto, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and ANC leader Mudavadi Mudavadi.

    Wanjigi went further to claim that the departure of the other founders paved way for the current party leader to take charge of the party.

    He thus made it clear that ODM did not belong to Raila- describing it as a national party that should embrace everyone.

    ODM leader Raila Odinga (left) and businessman Jimi Wanjigi leave the court.
    ODM leader Raila Odinga (left) and businessman Jimi Wanjigi leave a courtroom after a past hearing

    "We are saying this to the ODM party, that we know it has got strong power. It has been in existence for 16 years. The founders of this party were Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi, and Kalonzo Musyoka," he stated.

    "They all left leaving it for Raila. But the party does not belong to Raila. It is a national party for all of us which must represent the nation of Kenya."

    Wanjigi's sentiments come just a day after reports emerged that police blocked him from opening an ODM party office in Murang'a.

    The police stated the billionaire businessman had not informed them of the plans which his allies boldly refuted.

    "We had issues with the plan. They had not notified us of their plan and when Wanjigi's team came, we advised them to follow the process and that is where we left it," Murang'a South Police boss Alex Shikondi told the Standard.

    The move to open the ODM branch in Murang'a attracted criticism from the party's Chairman John Mbadi.

    The Suba South legislator argued that Wanjigi should have consulted with ODM national officials before planning to open an office in Murang'a.

    “We have a procedure of opening party offices, and we have made formal communication that all ODM party offices must be directly under the guidance of the secretariat since ODM is a party," he stated.

    Mbadi further castigated Wanjigi claiming that the early presidential campaigns he was running were not good for the ODM party.

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