ODM Breaks Silence Days After Sagana Meeting

Orange Democratic Movement ODM, has broken its silence two days after President Uhuru Kenyatta convened a meeting with Mt. Kenya leaders at Sagana State Lodge in Kirinyaga county.

ODM party leader Raila Odinga at a past function. Photo/File

Through a Facebook statement released on Sunday morning by ODM’s Director of Communications Philip Etale, the party thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for remaining focused on the Handshake and BBI, which Etale said was fundamental instruments in the effort to rebuild Kenya.

The party, contrary to what Deputy President had insinuated, also thanked Uhuru for expressing his satisfaction on how the Kibra by-election was conducted.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing Mt. Kenya leaders at Sagana state lodge on Friday, November 15, 2019. Photo/Courtesy

“I wish to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for remaining focused on the Handshake and BBI, which are fundamental instruments in the effort to remake the Kenyan nation…We also thank President Kenyatta for seeing the recent Kibra by-election for what we in ODM thought it was,” read part of the statement.

Etale, in line with Uhuru’s remarks, thanked Kibra residents for setting a good example that elections can be done in a peaceful manner without involving violence.

“We join the president in thanking the people of Kibra for the significant role they played in ensuring that the elections were peaceful. With that, the people of Kibra won their place in history for taking a leading role in the remaking of the Kenyan nation,” continued the statement.

While acknowledging that the handshake played a bigger role in ensuring peace during the Kibra mini poll, ODM remained optimistic that the two leaders, Uhuru and Raila Odinga were going to provide good leadership in the future.

The party also urged Kenyans to remain focused on the BBI and a new system of governance which Etale said was going to ensure that all poll-related acts of violence in the country are done away with.

“With Kibra having shown the way and now behind us, I urge Kenyans in general and ODM supporters, in particular, to remain focused on BBI and the new Kenya we expect it to give birth to,” remarked Etale.

The party also reiterated on Uhuru’s statements in Sagaba, saying that the handshake and the BBI were never about 2022 and any individual leader’s presidential ambitions rather, about Kenya, it’s prosperity and unity.

“Handshake is about the country staying united and focused in addressing its pressing needs and urgent challenges through a consultative and inclusive process of national rebirth, now and into the future,” added the statement.

While urging the two leaders to stay firm and refuse to be distracted by side-shows, Mbadi assured the president and Odinga of unwavering support in their endeavours to liberate the transform the country.

On Friday, while meeting MT. Kenya leaders in Sagana, Uhuru urged the leaders to support the BBI saying that the handshake with ODM leader Raila Odinga was for the sake of peace in the country.

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