Opposition chief Raila Odinga has suspended a top leader of his party, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), after the official spoke against countrywide demonstrations fronted by the party claiming three lives.
In a brief statement wired to newsrooms on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, ODM Executive Director Oduor Ongwen said that they have suspended Rashid Mohammed, the party’s national youth chairman for “gross misconduct.”
TUKO.co.ke has learnt that Mohammed had told off Raila for leading the demonstrations asking him to “parade his children first in the protests” where police used live bullets killing three and injuring several.
He had also asked Raila to “stop using the death of Jacob Juma for political mileage,” ODM Communications Director Phillip Etale told TUKO.co.ke
“He was not committed to the party and was propagating ideals of other political parties in the country during his tenure in office,” Etale added on the official who has been at the helm of ODM for five years.
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John Ketora has now replaced Mohammed awaiting a decision by the party’s national executive council.
“This is therefore to notify the party membership and the entire ODM youth fraternity that Mohammed is not authorised to speak for or on behalf of the Orange Youth League,” the statement said.
On Monday, May 23, Raila led supporters in demonstrations across different towns of the country where a bloody confrontation between protesters and the anti-riot police left three dead.
It was the fourth of such protests that the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) has been holding against the country electoral agency.
Cord, an amalgamation of political parties that forms the opposition, has claimed that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is not independent and is biased towards the government.
As such, Cord has said the commission is not suitable to referee the general election of 2017.