Edwin Sifuna We will not discuss 2022 politics – ODM

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Last week Friday, Raila acknowledged a crisis in Nasa.

NASA Principal Raila Odinga and ODM Party Chairman Ali Hassan Joho during party's national delegates conference at Orange House February 23, 2018. play NASA Principal Raila Odinga and ODM Party Chairman Ali Hassan Joho during party's national delegates conference at Orange House February 23, 2018. (Courtesy)

Newly installed ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna maintained that the Raila Odinga led party will not engage in 2022 succession talks, before the 2017 electoral justice and reforms being pushed for are met.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday at Orange House in Nairobi in an event where he officially took office as SG from Dr Agnes Zani who was serving in acting capacity, Mr Sifuna trashed the ongoing scuffle in the coalition on the succession and 2022 presidential candidacy of Wiper and ANC, Nasa affiliate parties.

“We will no longer be forced to walk on our knees so that our short friends can feel better about themselves.  We will also not discuss 2022 politics until we've finished issues of electoral justice in 2017 elections."

Mr Sifuna was responding to a disquiet earlier witnessed between Musalia Mudavadi led Amani National Congress and ODM over the succession for the presidency seat, after ANC complained of ODM’s dominance in the house, a move that has led to amassing all leadership positions.

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"ODM will no longer apologise for being the  biggest party, and having the biggest number of elected leaders,” Mr  Sifuna told journalists at Orange House when he took over from Dr Agnes Zani who has been in the office in an acting capacity.

The former Nairobi Gubernatorial candidate’s assertions deviated slightly from last week’s sentiments by Mr Odinga, who acknowledgement a crisis in the coalition, but maintained was simple sibling rivalry. Mr Odinga maintained that Nasa was not disintegrating, terming the ongoing incidences in the coalition, are mere ‘sibling rivalry.’

play ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna and party leader Raila Odinga. (Courtesy)


"I hear people saying wiper is fighting with ODM, ANC, Wiper, Ford Kenya ... tuko katika ile nyumba ya kienyeji ambapo kuna nyumba mingi. Wakati mwingine wabunge huvurutana ... hiyo siyo kuonyesha Nasa inasambaratika,” Raila told delegates in the meeting.

A seeming fall out emerged in the Opposition after the controversial January 30 oathing ceremony at  Uhuru Park, leaders allied to Mr Musyoka, Mr Wetang'ula and Mr Mudavadi skipped.

Several of leaders associated with the two leaders have increased calls to have ODM honour a 2017 agreement for Mr Odinga to back them in the 2022 presidential race.

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On the proposed bill by MP Kassait Kamket to establish the office of the executive prime minister, Mr Sifuna has said ODM and the Nasa coalition was looking at the proposed law before taking a stand.

"We have showed our open support for a parliamentary system. We will look at the proposed law to see if it looks like anything we want, and then we will make a stand," he said.

play ODM leader Raila Odinga. (Courtesy)

Mr Sifuna’s comments came as Mr Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress accused ODM of undermining other coalition partners.

ANC deputy party leader Ayub Savula said ODM leaders were orchestrating a plan to renege on a coalition agreement on the 2022 presidential poll.

He said it would be wrong for Mr Odinga to abandon his co-principals in Nasa after they had sacrificed their ambitions to back him for presidency in 2017.


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