Reliable sources now indicate that Ababu Namwamba and a collective of 8 ODM MP’s from Western Kenya are considering exiting from the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) citing poor treatment from the top tier leaders.Ababu Namwamba who is said to have been paid millions to scatter the ODM party by the jubilee appeared confused.
Mr. Namwamba who is also said to have made millions of shillings as the chairman of the PAC and is known to own a big house in Budalangi Constituency. According to people familiar with his situation, he acquired most of it with ill gotten wealthy after compromising the opposition for personal gain. Mr. Namwamba is also known to ride in Helicopters after eating bread where it is buttered the most!
“No one forces Ababu to do that which he does not desire to do…I also don’t know how to pretend. I say what I mean and mean what I say. I do that which my conscience is very clear about,” Namwamba emphatically stated recently in Kenyan parliament.
In a quick rejoiner some ODM supporters have dismissed him and said he is not missed and supporters have forgotten about him. ODM is stronger than Mr. Namwamba. “He can tour taj mahal and anywhere he wishes. He can hangout with whoever and take selfies.”
“The only thing ODM supporters will miss about him is his sharp dress code and flamboyance.” They suggest at this juncture he joins a CONGOLESE BAND.
Namwamba has served ODM in the capacity of a secretary general though his tenure has been mired with alleged shortcomings in recent months.
This might have pushed him to the edge of the precipice and prompted his now rumored exit.
The ODM Secretary General has skipped major party events the past couple of months, fueling the rumor that he had reneged his former promise and allegiance to ODM.
A highly placed source that previously talked to kenhance press, narrated of how Namwamba was struggling to stick with a party that he once swore to defend to the end.
Raphael Otaalo (Lurambi) John Waluke (Sirisia), Andayi Angola (Khwisero), Geoffrey Odanga (Matayos) and Wilbur Ottichilo (Emuhaya) were among the leaders who were present at a press conference in parliament on Tuesday, June 21 that aired their dissatisfaction at being left out of the party’s key projects.
“We are not happy at all that the party leadership has no respect for us as elected leaders in the region. The party leader as well as the national chairman have been conducting activities in the region without involving us at all,” a statement from the leaders said as quoted by the Nation.
The MP’s also accused ODM of the plan to hound out of office, Ababu Namwamba while alluding to the infamous botched ODM elections at the Kasarani Indoor Arena in February, 2014.
After the 2007 General Election, it can be remembered how Namwamba swore to defend and uphold the ideals of ODM and its party leader, Raila Odinga.
His former fire has been replaced with a weaker flicker as compared to his predecessor and the current Kisumu Senator, Anyan’g Nyong’o who is best remembered for his vocal support of ODM and its leader during his tenure as secretary general.
In his defence, Namwaba said that his absence from major CORD events among them, the infamous anti- IEBC protests were caused by urgent family commitments.
He has been on paternity leave after his wife delivered their third-born child on April 1, 2016.
In 2015, Jakoyo Midiwo, the Gem member of Parliament accused Namwamba (Budalangi) of working too closely with President Uhuru Kenyatta considering that he was in the opposition.
This has continued to fuel the grapevine that Namwamba who is feeling dissatisfied with the CORD might join the Jubilee Coalition ahead of the 2017 General Election.
Namwamba’s woes date back to June 2015 when he was accused of being a mole for the Jubilee coalition by party leader Raila Odinga’s cousin, Jakoyo Midiwo.
Its unfathomable that a party SG can clandestinely record his party leader’s phone conversation. Who knows how many times that happened? As SG and a key member of the party, he must have been privy to top secret party strategic white paper or conversations, who knows if some of those were recorded and disseminated to the ‘wrong’ guys? Many questions abound.
When ODM was busy planning a way forward on the teachers’ strike, Ababu was conveniently across the pond lounging with the same guy who gave the Kenyan teachers the middle finger! Talk about teamwork! If the SG was away in ‘official’ business, where was an apology letter expressing solidarity with the party in absentia?