Confusion hits ODM over party leadership and flag-bearer

The debate on who will succeed the former Prime Minister if he chooses to be out of active politics in 2022 has always raised numerous discussions. Some have insisted that Mr. Raila should not quit active politics. But will he be in the presidential ballot paper come 2022?

Busia Senator Amos Wako has urged politicians to tone down 2022 politics and give the building bridges task force ample time to collect opinions from Kenyans regarding the country’s unity.

Mr Wako’s remarks came as his fellow Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) colleagues continued debating on who the party’s presidential candidate should be in 2022.

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Nyatike MP Tom Odege, Busia Woman Representative Florence Mutua and her Kisumu counterpart Rosa Buyu insist that Mr Odinga should vie for presidency in the next general election.

Mr Odege argues that party members should be allowed to determine their presidential candidate.

Speaking during the finals of the National Government Affirmative Action Fund tournaments organised by Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga at Homa Bay High School on Saturday, the MP said it is their duty, as ODM foot soldiers, to speak their mind and tell Mr Odinga what they want.

“We understand the structure of the party. As members, we categorically say that our party leader Raila Odinga should not take anything less than the presidency. ODM will decide who will contest the presidency on its ticket, but it will not decide alone,” Mr Odege said.

The Nyatike MP said other party members are planning to meet the election board to explain he issue to them.

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