John Mbadi Cries Foul After Missing Majority Leader Position

  • Nominted MP John Mbadi (left) speaks to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
    Nominated MP John Mbadi (left) speaks to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
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  • Orange Democratic Movement - ODM Chairman John Mbadi is not thrilled by Azimio One Kenya Aliance's choice to snub him for the Majority Leader position in the National Assembly.

    On Saturday, September 17, the alliance unveiled Ugunja legislator Opiyo Wandayi as its candidate of choice for the position.

    In a statement, Mbadi, a nominated Member of Parliament, termed the decision as unfair arguing that he had earlier agreed to drop his gubernatorial bid, for Homa Bay County, at the behest of the alliance's leaders.

    He also believed that he was denied the chance because he was nominated to the National Assembly.

    Undated photo of Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Opiyo Wandayi during a past press briefing.
    Undated photo of Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Opiyo Wandayi during a past press briefing.
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    "I was asked to shelve my gubernatorial ambition which I did. It will be unfair to deny the opportunity on the basis that I am nominated. I have a track record as a Minority Leader," Mbadi revealed in a statement to NTV.

    In the National Assembly leadership line up, Wandayi will be deputised by his Kathiani counterpart Robert Mbui.

    Suna East MP and Azimio Secretary General Junet Mohammed was fronted for the Majority Chief Whip position set to be deputised by Nominated MP Sabina Chege.

    In the Senate, Kilifi County Senator Stewart Madzayo was picked for the Minority Leader position to be deputised by Kitui Senator Enock Wambua.

    For the Minority Chief Whip position, Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo was fronted and will be deputised by his Nairobi counterpart Edwin Sifuna.

    Speaking during the unveiling, Azimio la Umoja Presidential contender Raila Odinga challenged all individuals who missed out on Parliamentary leadership to remain steadfast in the party and wait their turn.

    "It can only go to one person at a time. If you don't have it today you will have it tomorrow but be part of the team.

    "I know that people want to be members of this committee or chairman and majority leaders. If you don't get it, that is not the end of the world," explained the former Prime Minister.

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    ODM National Chairman John Mbadi receives the newly launched Party Membership Card at his Parliament office in December 2019
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